Any reason why XFree86-4-Server pkg doesn't extract in-place?

Joe Marcus Clarke marcus at
Fri Mar 26 14:41:28 PST 2004

On Fri, 2004-03-26 at 15:53, Michael Nottebrock wrote:
> On Friday 26 March 2004 21:14, Carl Mascott wrote:
> > Is there some reason why the XFree86-4-Server port does not use
> > @option extract-in-place?  Since there is no require file or
> > pre-install script I see no reason why it could not extract in
> > place.
> A grep through the ports-collection shows me that there isn't any port which 
> sets @option. Perhaps this has just historical reasons, does anyone at know 
> more (ports@ and portmgr@ cc'd)?
> > I bring this up because my systems all have small /var/tmp
> > directories.  The first time I tried to install this package
> > the installation failed with a message about needing 400,000
> > <somethings> (unspecified; sectors? 1K blocks?) in /var/tmp.
> > It would be nice not to need a large /var/tmp (or other
> > temporary directory) for no good reason.
> IMHO, wanting to install binary packages (there are much larger ones out there 
> than XFree86-Server) is a very good reason to have a large enough (/var/)tmp.

Or one could set PKG_TMPDIR to a directory with enough space to handle
the extraction.  This is supported by all packages.  They could simulate
in-place extraction by setting PKG_TMPDIR to the current working


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