Subject: Re: gensolpkg: relax 9-character package name length limit.
To: None <>
From: Alistair Crooks <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 10/22/2005 09:35:14
On Thu, Oct 20, 2005 at 08:47:27PM +0200, Klaus Heinz wrote:
> Bill Sommerfeld wrote:
> > There have been updates to the solaris package tools (including binary
> > patches for all currently supported releases) which relax the
> > 9-character package name limit to 32 characters.  The driving factor for
> If I remember correctly, Solaris 8 is the earliest release pkgsrc really
> supports nowadays, though I think I read about someone trying it out with
> Solaris 7.

Just so that everyone knows, Solaris support was originally written for
Solaris 2.6. Getting rid of the 9-char limit would be great - thanks to
Bill for looking at this.

To be quite blunt, the 9-char limit is such a pain, when the ticker
symbol is added in, that it becomes a 5 or 6 char limit, and that is
nowhere near enough room, so I think the SVR4_PKGNAME should just be
ignored for Solaris packages.

Thanks once again, Bill,