[LoN]Kamikaze LoN_Kamikaze at gmx.de
Wed Jul 12 23:54:13 UTC 2006

michael johnson wrote:
> On 7/12/06, Dejan Lesjak <dejan.lesjak at ijs.si> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> There were a couple of debates already concerning /usr/X11R6 as prefix
>> for
>> X11
>> ports and a bunch of other ports that currently by default install there.
>> Quite some people were, when creating a new port that depends on X11,
>> wandering whether to put it in X11BASE or LOCALBASE. More than once a
>> question of whether the prefix /usr/X11R6 should be just dropped or at
>> least
>> only retained for core X11 distribution. With the upcoming X.org 7.x
>> ports
>> there is perhaps the opportunity to do the prefix merger along that.
>> Moving X11 prefix to LOCALBASE would simplify above dilemma. It would be
>> also
>> more similar to where linux distributions are going (at least Gentoo,
>> Debian
>> and Fedora deprecated /usr/X11R6 in favour of /usr which, while
>> not /usr/local is the location of where all packages install - depending
>> on
>> X11 or not). If I remember correctly from previous discussions, it would
>> be
>> more convenient to people with separate mounts for installed packages as
>> well. /usr/local is also the default value for --prefix configure option
>> for
>> X.org packages.
>> So it is general intention to go with /usr/local or rather
>> ${LOCALBASE} as
>> prefix for X11 ports. If anyone feels that this is horribly wrong, please
>> speak up.
> I agree we should move a lot of software out of X11BASE but there
> will need to be a lot of work (esp. for gnome). I'm curious of the
> time frame in which xorg 7 will be committed to the tree? I'm not
> speaking for the entire freebsd gnome team but if we did decide
> to take on this task it would probably take several months to fully
> test and get everything working well in LOCALBASE. I think the
> major hurdle for us isn't moving everything to LOCALBASE it's
> more of the upgrade path people will have to take, having to
> rebuild all gnome components and all the bugs that will follow..
> Michael

It should be possible to make a shell skript that seds through shell scripts, moves everything around and fixes /var/db/pkg without having to rebuild anything. I guess most things would just work that way.

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