pkg: ALTABI - where is this variable documented?

Kevin Oberman rkoberman at
Thu Mar 17 00:02:41 UTC 2016

On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 2:16 AM, Matthew Seaman <
m.seaman at> wrote:

> On 2016/03/16 08:29, O. Hartmann wrote:
> > Can someone shed some light onto my clouded view? Is there a manpage
> where all
> > pkg-related variables are gathered an listed?
> All variables should be documented in pkg.conf(5) -- however, ALTABI is
> missing from that page, which is a bug.
> ALTABI is a compatibility thing -- way back when the ABI format was
> changed, ALTABI was added as a quick compatibility shim, so that people
> could access the old style of ABI easily and eg. plug it into repo.conf
> files.  Ideally it should have been deprecated and removed after a
> decent interval, but has never happened.  It would be worth documenting
> simply to warn people against using it...
>         Cheers,
>         Matthew

Or, maybe actually remove it from the next pkg release? It looks to me like
it's now pretty useless
Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
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