Subject: Re: "xargs: A: No such file or directory"
To: Alan Barrett <>
From: Greywolf <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 03/31/2005 15:54:53
[Thus spake Alan Barrett ("AB: ") 3:08pm...]

dM: I wonder if that goal could be better met some other way,

AB: Sure.  Just add a pkgsrc_bin directory at the front of the PATH, and
AB: populate it with a bunch of symlinks or trivial shell scripts.  But
AB: this seems like a lot of effort for a problem that few people have ever
AB: encountered.
AB: --apb (Alan Barrett)

You might think that a lot of effort for a corner case, but it might not
be a bad paradigm.  It merits consideration and has the potential to avoid
further problems.  It's probably less fragile to have a front end to build
or refresh such a directory than to depend on envariables which might be
modified by a(n unsuspecting) user...

System V was a mistake.