Linux apps, PREFIX and POLA

Alejandro Pulver alepulver at
Mon May 29 13:44:21 PDT 2006

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On Mon, 29 May 2006 19:55:39 +0200
Benjamin Lutz <benlutz at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm just about to finish the update for the linux-enemyterritory port. Then I 
> started thinking about the PREFIX. Currently it uses X11BASE. An opinion that 
> I've noticed growing in popularity is that we should move away from X11BASE 
> towards LOCALBASE. The porters handbook states that a port should use X11BASE 
> it if it uses X11 files or links against libs.
> Now while Enemy Territory obviously does require X11, it actually links 
> against the linux version of the X11 libs. I suppose it'd be possible to run 
> it without a FreeBSD X11 installed, just with a Linux X11. So my question is: 
> Should I move linux-enemyterritory from X11BASE to LOCALBASE? Would such a 
> move violate POLA, ie will anyone notice the change, and care about it?


When I started making ports (one year ago) and asked about X11BASE I
was told it should be used by ports that are part of the X Window
System (X libraries, servers, etc.) and not by ports that use X11.

Also I heard it might be removed when we move to Xorg version 7.

I personally use LOCALBASE for my ports, and only use X11BASE when I am
forced to do it (like XMMS plugins, etc.).

Best Regards,
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