Subject: Default for PKG_SYSCONFBASE
To: None <>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/03/2007 17:20:28

I've found it weird for a very long time already that the default  
PKG_SYSCONFBASE points to PREFIX/etc.  Some reasons:

- PREFIX is usually /usr/pkg, and /usr should be read-only mountable.
- /etc is the place that is supposed to have the configuration files.
- Configuration files are usually per-host, but this is not easy to
   achieve if /usr/pkg is network-shared.
- VARBASE is also a configurable setting and _does not_ default to
   PREFIX/var.  It "correctly" points to /var.

So I propose we change the default PKG_SYSCONFBASE from PREFIX/etc to  
point to /etc/pkg.  What would you think of such change?  Any way it  
could be made transparent to the end user?  (Because if we did it, he  
could end up with a mixture of packages using the old setting and  
some others pointing to the new one.)

(One of the reasons I have never used the binary packages we publish  
is precisely because of this bogus default.)


Julio M. Merino Vidal <>