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From: Thomas Mueller <mueller6724@×××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] FreeBSD migration, what to do with /usr/local
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:12:09
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] Slightly OT: FreeBSD migration, what to do with /usr/local by Ian Zimmerman
from Ian Zimmerman:

> I think I have written here previously that I want to move my _server_ > to FreeBSD. I am still thinking about that. But now I hit an > obstacle. For a long time, I have put my local kiddie scripts in > /usr/local. For better or worse, they are written in my dense style > where any code duplication is avoided, and so they call one another a > lot.
> But as you know FreeBSD directory hierarchy is different: /usr/local is > for Packages and Ports. I must move my scripts somewhere else to not > conflict with P & P. So the first problem is to come up with a > location. What does a typical BSD admin do in this situation? I don't > want to put them in my home directory because they're general purpose; > at the very least I use them both as root and as an unprivileged user.
> A more serious problem is how to find all the situations where > /usr/local is baked in. It's not as simple as grep because when I > could, I relied on the implicit PATH which would be configured somewhere > else, or it might not even be configured - it might be compiled in (I > think this is the case for some programs in the shadow package, and > perhaps PAM modules).
> I don't think I can expect a simple answer, but if you ever faced such > transition yourself, how did you approach it?
/usr/local is the default LOCALBASE in FreeBSD, but I believe you can set LOCALBASE to something else in your environment, which could be set in /etc/make.conf . You could possibly copy Gentoo scripts to /usr/local/gentoo-scripts, or would that not work with your scripts as set up? You would have to be careful setting up your PATH in .profile and /etc/profile , to make sure it includes the proper LOCALBASE. Tom