Subject: Re: mk/install/usergroup and FreeBSD and DragonFly
To: Jeremy C. Reed <>
From: Johnny C. Lam <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/07/2005 11:19:49
Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> Any ideas on how we can make this mk/install/usergroup more portable. 
> This is needed as DragonFly uses pkgsrc. (They are considering our nice 
> user(8) but that is another discussion.)

I would rather have +INSTALL unpack two sub-scripts, +ADDUSER and 
+ADDGROUP, that are wrappers for the local adduser/addgroup actions. 
The +ADDUSER script would be customized for each platform and would 
invoke the correct local commands to create local users, and similarly 
form +ADDGROUP.  We're not going to address questions like "how about if 
we keep users in LDAP or NIS" or other nonsense like that, because those 
admins just shouldn't be letting pkgsrc try to automatically create 
users and groups.

Having the two sub-scripts that can be customized is better than having 
a different +USERGROUP script for each platform because that script is 
pretty big, and it'd be a pain to rewrite it for every platform.


	-- Johnny Lam <>