variant symlinks (was Re: Anybody working on removing sendmail from base?)
dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Fri Oct 3 13:18:16 PDT 2003
:I've had variant (magic) symlinks working under 4-stable for awhile
:now. You can do some really neat stuff with them.
:An old message concerning them can be found on the -stable
:list, msgid <20030810040807.GA26220 at xxxxxxxxxxx>.
:An older set of patches can be seen here:
:What you want requires both sets. It also requires some
:patches to the shells to make sure the environment variables
:are all handled in a known fashion.
:I have some newer patch sets I need to upload.
:The origin of the patchset comes from an old netbsd pr.
Interesting, these patches make for good reference material but I
don't think we can use them straight. I really think we need a
separate namespace rather then access the process environment, and I don't
think we need to hardwire particular names to the system environment.
Plus there are security considerations... we need these to be useable
on the system's primary mounts.
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