cvs commit: src/nrelease Makefile mk.conf.pkgsrc

Matthew Dillon dillon at
Tue Aug 14 11:03:11 PDT 2007

:Were else should it write to? Seriously, the default is the only
:consistent behaviour possible. If you run it as user, you don't have
:access to any system locations. If you have more than one tree, you
:don't get collissions by default etc.
:Many installations have large /usr filesystems, so it doesn't really
:matter whether the work directories are in the main tree or under
:/usr/obj. I'd even argue that keeping it in the default tree can make it
:a bit more obvious when stale work directories are left behind as cvs

    The main reason is that when you have more then one machine it's a 
    major waste of resources to have to maintain a local copy of /usr/pkgsrc
    on every machine when all you really want to do is maintain it on one
    machine and use read-only NFS mounts on all the others.

    Mixing maintained data with work data makes it impossible to distribute
    /usr/pkgsrc as a read only mount and also means one winds up backing up
    the work data along with everything else in /usr, which is severe waste
    of backup space.  Having distfiles in /usr/pkgsrc creates similar

    Fortunately /usr/pkg/etc/mk.conf can be edited to fix this and
    /usr/pkgsrc/distfiles can be turned into a softlink to get around the
    distfiles location problem.  But the default still sucks big-time.

					Matthew Dillon 
					<dillon at>

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