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[bug #24677] SystemPreferences installs by default into SYSTEM

From: Nicola Pero
Subject: [bug #24677] SystemPreferences installs by default into SYSTEM
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 21:58:44 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #2, bug #24677 (project gnustep):

> I disagree, it should install into SYSTEM, as all SYSTEM applications.

What is a "SYSTEM application" though ?

For me, it is something that comes with my system, as opposed to something
that I install manually myself (which is a "LOCAL application").

And the difference is useful because my system is usually installed from a CD

or using RPMs or DEBs or an installer ... and "system applications" are part
of that and I don't want to mess with them.

If I install manually stuff myself from source, I want it to go in a separate
directory.  That way I know what I installed myself from source and what comes
from the
system, and they are separate.  Eg, I can upgrade my system without
destroying my
manually installed stuff, and installing manually stuff won't prevent me from
upgrading.  If things go really wrong, I can easily uninstall everything I
manually - because it's in a separate directory.

This is all to say that what is a "SYSTEM application" and what is a "LOCAL
application" depends on how they are installed.  SystemPreferences - or Gorm
can be a "SYSTEM application" or a "LOCAL application" depending on where
you get it from.  If it's part of your system installation (eg, an RPM) it's
"SYSTEM application".  If you install it yourself from source it's a "LOCAL

Now when you install SystemPreferences from sources, by definition it's
a LOCAL application and it should go in LOCAL. ;-)

A packager will need to install it in SYSTEM when creating the package.

I hope that clarifies the logic.



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