SUMMARY: BASEDIR change from request script goes unnoticed..

From: Dave Leach <>
Date: Thu May 30 2002 - 18:11:42 EDT
Looks like somone else had a similar problem at around the same time I did
with this very situation:


Problem solved by including "cat > $1 <<EOM" within the 'checkinstall'
This is what we were missing and once it was added, our problem was solved.

Thanks to
Deborah Santamauro
Todd Urie
Serge Borkov
Fabrice Guerini

A few people suggested using a different answer file, however this puts the
onus back onto the administrator installing the package, which is not what I
was after.  The basedir needs to be done calculated by the package install
thanks again.


The original question:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Dave Leach
> To:
> Sent: Friday, May 24, 2002 11:16 AM
> Subject: BASEDIR change from request script goes unnoticed..
> Hi there,
> I'm trying to modify the BASEDIR environment within a request script (it
> could equally go in the checkinstall script) under Solaris 8.  From what I
> understand BASEDIR can only be modified from within request or
> and only from versions 2.5 and greater.
> I have tried just setting it and also exporting it, and I still end up
> the BASEDIR as defined in the pkginfo file.  I've also tried using
> CLIENT_BASEDIR as well, and don't seem to be having much luck.  Do I need
> use a parametic base directory?  I didn't think I'd need to...
> The request/checkinstall script simply contains:
> #!/bin/sh
> BASEDIR=/opt/HIroot/opt
> echo "INFO: Using ${BASEDIR} as base directory for install..."
> Output from pkgadd...
> # pkgadd -d /tmp HIstuff
> Processing package instance <HIstuff> from </tmp>
> HI 1.4
> (sparc) 1.4
> ## Executing checkinstall script.
> INFO: Using /opt/HIroot/opt/ as base directory for install...
> Using </opt> as the package base directory.
> ## Processing package information.
> any ideas?  I'm banging my head against a brick wall :-)
> dave
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