Default paths in Base Directory Specification

Julio M. Merino Vidal jmmv84 at
Wed Sep 15 00:50:12 EEST 2004

On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 14:47:58 +0100, Mike Hearn
<m.hearn at> wrote:
> > Sorry, but I fail to see the advantages of the current defaults.  I
> > think I'll just patch
> > gnome-session to define the required variables at bootup and keep that patch in
> > pkgsrc, just to remove trouble from, at least, all our GNOME users.
> > (This is the
> > simplest local solution... patching every program is just a
> > maintenance nighmare).
> What's wrong with the proposed solution of just setting it in the
> startup scripts, like PATH?

Because it's not that easy; I mean, it can't be done automatically. 
The administrator
can install packages wherever he wants, so adding a default variable pointing to
/usr/pkg could be wrong.  (We could implement a system similar to Fedora's
profile.d, where packages can install configuration bits... but I
don't know if the other
pkgsrc developers will like the idea.  Anyway, it does not solve the problem
completely, because users need to source those files by hand.)

Julio M. Merino Vidal <jmmv84 at>
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