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Re: X11R6 runtime compat. for fresh -current installation

In article <>,
Steven M. Bellovin <> wrote:
>On Fri, 13 Mar 2009 23:56:36 +0100
>Bernd Ernesti <> wrote:
>> And I haven't made it clear why I mentioined the X11 symlink.
>> We introduced a new loction for the X11 libaries and binaries, which
>> makes it harder to compile a program without using pkgsrc.
>> Yes, there are situations where you need to do that.
>> It seems other OS have a X11 symlink for such unusal places.
>Let me repeat my suggestion: let's have /usr/X11 a symlink
>to /usr/X11R6 or /usr/X11/R7 or /usr/pkg/x11 (I know, we don't have
>that anymore -- was that the right decision?).  Among other things,
>this will future-proof us when X11R8 comes out.

As long as this symlink is used for running programs and not compiling
them, otherwise things will break if the symlink is moved. Once we make
the symlink, how do we prevent this (i.e. compiling things through the


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