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

Joerg Sonnenberger joerg at
Tue Aug 14 12:07:11 PDT 2007

On Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 11:44:01AM -0700, Matthew Dillon wrote:
> :DISTDIR and PACKAGES are the two other control variables. You still
> :haven't answered what would be a better default to be used.
> :/usr/obj/pkgsrc clearly isn't as a user checkout doesn't have write
> :access to that either.
> :
> :Joerg
>     User checkouts are even more rare then NFS mounts, and suffer the same
>     severe problems with backups.  Who wants to backup tens of gigabytes
>     of work/ directories?  Let alone backup multiple copies of the same
>     pkgsrc tree by individual users!

They are *certainly* not rare. It is one of main use cases on Solaris
and other commerical systems. You are assuming that admins are
cooperative. Consider the typical university machine and at for Germany
I can guaranty that it is not well administrated or that admins care
about software wishes from users.

A friend of mine went as far as writing the following in his startup

- if /tmp/eclipse is there, stop
- fetch eclipse source
- build eclipse with -j8
- stop

Add a bunch of other tools and you arrive at the configuration some of
us have to deal with in real time :-)


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