variant symlinks (was Re: Anybody working on removing sendmail from base?)

Sander Vesik sander at
Fri Oct 3 15:41:57 PDT 2003

Mike Porter <mupi at xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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> On Friday 03 October 2003 12:07 am, Matthew Dillon wrote:
>> ::While I personally don't have a huge need to have 47 copies of the same
>> ::software :-) something I do like the idea of is a variant symlink for
>> :: /tmp like:
> Nobody is suggesting 47 copies of the same software, just 47 versions of a 
> program....seriously, I don't think anybody is really expecting that we would 
> have that many different versions (although the possibility DOES exist, and a 
> developer/porter *might*, so as to be able to compare results with different 
> compilers)  In general, the idea is to make it possible to have the system's 
> compiler unaffected by changes that a user makes (such as installing a newer 
> gcc; this is possible under FBSD, but care must be taken to ensure that the 
> 'default' make (used for buildworld/buildkernel) uses the correct version.  

Well, having 47 differenty versions of something may sometimes be resoanable 
and be implemented differently in situations where you have / don't have 
variant symlinks. Might even be something like:

	/tmp -> /home/$USER/tmp


+++ Out of cheese error +++

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