pkgng suggestion: renaming /usr/sbin/pkg to /usr/sbin/pkg-bootstrap

Eitan Adler lists at
Fri Aug 24 03:04:12 UTC 2012

On 23 August 2012 22:59, Doug Barton <dougb at> wrote:
> No, POLA refers to not changing long-established practices out from
> under the user.

forget pola
> I tend to agree with Steve here ... we can't be responsible for other
> people's poorly written docs.

This isn't about poorly written docs. This is the user expecting a
tool to exist, which doesn't. Take another example of a sysadmin which
rarely installs new systems, installs FreeBSD for the third time, and
then gets confused when "pkg install vim" fails.

> You bring up a valid point that we should
> keep in mind for our own however. The bootstrapping issue will be the
> smallest possible annoyance on a long road of the migration process.

The bootstrapping issue is a factor even after the migration :)

> OTOH this is a good use case for the "prompt the user when they type a
> command for something that can be installed from ports" idea. :)

even this is fine, provided that *for the command called pkg* it is on
by default.

note that I'm not talking about the mechanism here, I'm trying to
avoid "pkg doesn't seem to be installed on my fresh system" becoming a

Eitan Adler

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