Andreas Klemm <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> types:
> On Mon, Dec 11, 2000 at 12:37:54AM -0500, David Gilbert wrote:
> > ... but /usr/pkg supplanting /usr/local is one of the things that I
> > like about NetBSD.
> /usr/pkg sounds a little bit odd ... ( at least for my ears).
> Why not choose what Solaris uses (/opt) ?

I'd prefer /usr/opt. However, the reason not use either one is
*because* Solaris uses them. See below.

> It would be an advantage, when designing filesystem size of your OS,
> that now you would have two completely separate paths /usr and /opt.

But it also means you either have another file system where the OS is
going to install things, or you have to make (in your words) too large
a root file system.

> Installing ports in /usr means, having a too large /usr or to mount
> a new filsystem under /usr (/usr/local). Mounting an fs under a mounted
> fs I dislike much ...

I take it you mean "Mounting an fs under a mounted fs other than root
...". But how do you decide what's "too large"?  From what I can tell,
best practice for first installs these days is to create two very
large file systems. Everything installed from the distribution media
(or sources) goes on /, and everything else goes in /home. If there
isn't going to be anything saved locally, you ignore /home.

I would claim that /opt is as bad as /usr/local, for the same
reason. It has a history that predates BSDs usage of it for anything,
and FreeBSD using it will cause problems for people who think that
historical usage is different from installing software that comes with
(or through) the OS distribution. My choice (/usr/opt) is bad for the
same reason. I don't think /usr/pkg has any use prior to NetBSD using
it for installed ports/packages, so it doesn't have that problem.

Whether it goes on / or /usr is actually a minor issue. I want
packages installed on /usr. If the standard winds up being /opt, I'll
just symlink /opt to /usr/opt, and forget it. Likewise, if the
standard is /usr/opt, you can symlink /usr/opt to your file system on
/opt, and forget it.


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