Subject: Re: Default for PKG_SYSCONFBASE
To: Joerg Sonnenberger <>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/09/2007 23:49:59
On 09/06/2007, at 23:29, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 09, 2007 at 04:56:00PM -0400, Amitai Schlair wrote:
>> Factual comments: One good way be sure of that is to have a  
>> regular bulk
>> build that sets some outlandish PKG_SYSCONFBASE. Of course, for most
>> values of "outlandish PKG_SYSCONFBASE", we wouldn't want to  
>> publish the
>> results of such a build as our official binary packages. (Likewise  
>> for
>> LOCALBASE != "/usr/pkg", VARBASE != "/var", and so on; ISTR you've  
>> done
>> such builds, so apologies if I'm preaching to the choir.)
> Roland has, it was on my to-do list to do that again. Note that  
> strange
> PKG_SYSCONFBASE setting doesn't have to violate the parameters  
> above :-)
> We still have packages that don't even follow the basic rules with
> PKG_SYSCONFBASE added to the list, e.g. majordomo.

And the current default for PKG_SYSCONFBASE hides all these not-yet- 
converted (i.e. broken!) packages.  Changing the directory to live  
outside pkgsrc could add some pressure to the corresponding package  
maintainers to fix their packages.

Julio M. Merino Vidal <>