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Re: pkgsrc NetBSD 5.0_STABLE/x86_64 2009-07-24 10:40

[Sorry - the last message was accidentally sent before I was finished.]

On Wed, 29 Jul 2009 23:04:38 +0200
Joerg Sonnenberger <> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 04:55:37PM -0400, D'Arcy J.M. Cain wrote:
> > I read this as meaning that setting it to "user-destdir" tells the build
> > system that the package could be installed into the user's own space if
> > desired but could be installed by root as well.
> It means the install phase will use a temporary staging area under
> ${WRKSRC} and from that the package will be built. This is not the same
> as using pkgsrc as unprivileged user with a prefix in $HOME, but the
> problems are somewhat similar.

OK, so the man page should have been built under ${WRKSRC} in this
case, right?  I assume that the builder has access to ${WRKSRC} due to
either running as root or setting it to some place they have access to.

> The difference between user-destdir and destdir is just whether this
> happens as normal unprivileged user or as root.

And if unprivileged then the user should have access to everything as
long as no full path names (e.g. /etc/myapp.conf) are used.

> > If my understanding is incorrect then it seems to me that there would
> > be few if any packages that could be installed by non-root.  Do I need
> > to add "${DESTDIR}" in front of every line in PLIST?  I thought that
> > the build system would handle that for me.  I can't find any other
> > packages that do so.
> Not the PLIST, the install commands. Looking at the package it might
> be better to use do-install directly though.

But in this case we are talking about such a plain, vanilla
installation.  I install a grand total of three files.  Here's the
entire PLIST:

@comment $NetBSD: PLIST,v 2004/08/21 14:56:44 darcy Exp $

I would have thought that the build system could handle such a simple
installation without the maintainer needing to jump through hoops.

D'Arcy J.M. Cain <>

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