Subject: Re: 'base homedir' for pkgsrc created users
To: David Brownlee <>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/29/2006 15:08:37
On 9/29/06, David Brownlee <> wrote:
>         When pkgsrc needs to create a homedir for a pkgsrc user in which
>         to store data (eg: pgsql, and a teamspeak-server package I'm
>         planning on committing after the freeze), some packages
>         default the homedir to ${PREFIX}/${USER}. I'd like to suggest they
>         instead uses ${VARBASE}/${USER}, or possibly a (someone _please_
>         give a better name that doesn't involve DIY) ${HOMEBASE}/${USER}.
>         What do people think?

I agree with this idea.  Files in ${PREFIX} should not change at all
except when installing or deinstalling packages, and home directories
will generally break the rule.

Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
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