Move /usr/sup to /var/db/sup?

Crist J. Clark cristjc at
Fri May 21 14:39:48 PDT 2004

On Fri, May 21, 2004 at 12:42:32PM -0700, Brooks Davis wrote:
> On Fri, May 21, 2004 at 12:36:05PM -0700, Crist J. Clark wrote:
> > Just a minor thing, but I would think[0] most people would agree that
> > /var/db/sup is a much more logical place for the CVSup "base" directory
> > than /usr/sup. Yes, it doesn't take up much space on /usr, but for
> > those who don't want to write to /usr[1] too much or mount /usr read-
> > only, it's an irritant.
> > 
> > Of course, there is one big reason not to change it, because it would
> > be a change.
> > 
> > Personally, I don't think it will be disruptive to make changes to the
> > example files in /usr/share/examples/cvsup. People who already have
> > /usr/sup populated are using their own localized versions of these
> > files, so the change won't affect them (not that losing the "sup"
> > directory is that big of a deal). A person starting with a copy of
> > one of the examples is probably starting a fresh CVSup and will be
> > creating a new sup dir anyway.
> This seems reasionable.  If you're going to do it, I suggest adding
> /var/db/sup to the appropriate mtree file so it always exists.  That
> way people who blindly copy their supfiles to /usr/sup will still get
> something that works and their finger memory won't be broken.

Hmmm... /usr/sup is not in BSD.mtree.usr. I believe cvsup(1) creates
it when it does not exist. Are you saying we should add it to
BSD.mtree.var even though we don't create /usr/sup? Or are you
saying to create /var/db/sup and make a symlink in /usr to it?
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