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Re: filesystem hierarchy

From: Matthew Dillon <dillon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 11:14:05 -0800 (PST)

:Matthew Dillon wrote:
:>     At the moment we have no plans to integrate package management 
:>     directly into the filesystem layer.  We do have tools already
:>     available (varsyms) to make this possible, and pkgsrc makes things
:>     easier by installing into /usr/pkg, leaving /usr/local available to
:>     the user.
:>     But, primarily, we are dependant on pkgsrc's installation management.
:Um, wasn't this planned for 1.8?

    I don't think so.  pkgsrc is pkgsrc.  We have no plans to hack it.  I
    do recall Joerg mentioning multi-version libraries but I don't know
    if that's in his current plans or not.

    It is possible to create independant pkgsrc environments using NULLFS
    and/or varsyms.   In particular, one could make /usr/pkg a varsym
    pointing to the correct directory (instead of just being a directory),
    and then use varsyms to create entirely independant pkgsrc environments
    for each major service running on the machine.

    I would personally like pkgsrc to have the ability to install multiple
    versions of a package, but that is support that the pkgsrc people would
    have to add, not us.

					Matthew Dillon 

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