Fbsd8 fbsd8 at
Tue May 13 12:24:53 UTC 2014

RW wrote:
> On Tue, 13 May 2014 00:24:23 +0200
> Rolf Nielsen wrote:
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>> On 2014-05-12 22:05, Fbsd8 wrote:
>>> I remember back in 6.x a lot of talk about killing every thing
>>> about games. Todays version of the handbook has no mention of
>>> games, but the bsdinstall installer has option to install games and
>>> there is a ports collection category called games. bsdconfig has no
>>> games installer.
>>> So what is the general status of games? Is the handbook correct and
>>> bsdinstall and the ports collection just never got cleaned up or
>>> does the handbook need a chapter on games?
>> I'm not sure about the games that come (or used to come) as (an
>> optional) part of the system, because I have WITHOUT_GAMES=yes in my
>> /etc/src.conf. However, the fact that that setting causes no errors or
>> warnings and that it's still documented in the src.conf(5) man page,
>> suggests that they're still there, at least when building from source.
> /usr/games/random is used by the ports system for RANDOMIZE_MASTER_SITES
> There aren't really any actual games as such left. It's fortune, which
> provides admin tips on login, and a handful of small utilities - which
> have presumably been left because they may be in use in shell scripts,
> things like prime, factor, rot13, random etc.
> I find random(6) to be particularly useful, especially in the form:
> "random -f -", which randomizes the order of lines in a pipeline.

"/usr/games/random is used by the ports system for RANDOMIZE_MASTER_SITES"

This is not totally true. random may be used by the ports system, but 
not what is in /usr/games. random is in the kernel.

I have been removing /usr/games directory since release 4.0 and never 
have had any problems.

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