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Re: Goals for first release (June/USENIX)

From: Kris Kennaway <kkenn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 13:16:42 -0800

On 2004-03-11, Emiel Kollof <coolvibe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>>     If we use the /opt idea as a basis, then a binary package is simply
>>     a tar of /opt/<packageandver> directory.  The ONLY thing we really need
>>     to be able to use such a tar file is a parser for 
>>     /opt/<pkgandver>/ENVIRONMENT which builds the symlinks and varsyms.
> Please please please don't use /opt as a package basedir. I'd rather see
> /usr/local/packages/<packageandver>/. Using /opt is so un-POLA it's not
> even funny. IMHO ofcourse. That and it brings back Solaris nightmares.

On a purely practical level, you're going to have a heck of a lot of
work converting all the software that expects to live in /usr/local or
/usr/X11R6.  Not that I mind that someone does this, because FreeBSD
would like to be PREFIX-agnostic, so you'll be removing some difficult
bugs for us too :-)


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