Subject: Re: CVS commit: src
To: Simon Burge <>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 12/07/1998 22:33:41
Simon Burge <> writes:
> Shouldn't directories by handled by mtree.  Perhaps even a separate
> X11.dist in /etc/mtree?

That's how some directories are _created_ when you build a
distribution image, yes, but not how they're shipped.  'mtree' is not,
and should not be, necessary to install the system.

Directories should be included in the appropriate 'base' sets
(i.e. base or xbase, depending on what they are).

The notion is, 'tar xvfp' with the right sets gets you the whole tree
(minus parts which you might _have_ to install via a program,
e.g. /boot on some ports), with the right permissions.  The person
untarring the binaries might be doing so on, say, a Solaris box that's
going to be used as a boot server for diskless operation.  They should
not need special tools to do this.

Chris Demetriou - -
Disclaimer: Not speaking for NetBSD, just expressing my own opinion.