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Re: CVS commit: pkgsrc/mk

On Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:46:11 +0200
Joerg Sonnenberger <> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 10:34:18PM +0000, Alistair G. Crooks wrote:
> > Log Message:
> > Restore default behaviour for creating a symbolic link to the ${WRKDIR},
> > which was lost when this definition was introduced without prior discussion.
> Jun 4, 2006. It is not like this was started due to repeated questions
> about this behavior, like the thread of pkgsrc-users earlier.

Changing something that has been the default for over a year is not
exactly good practice either, regardless of the original commit's
correctness. This is really a bikeshed thing, but since a discussion
was asked for, here goes:

The use case where _I_ typically set WRKOBJDIR (and DISTDIR and
PACKAGES) is "I want my pkgsrc tree to be treated as read-only". If we
postulate that this is true for the majority of users who have
WRKOBJDIR set, then having the symlinks on by default is not helpful.

> grep -r SYMLINK pkgsrc/doc | wc -l

Kind regards,

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