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Re: No to StowFS!

From: Thomas Bushnell BSG
Subject: Re: No to StowFS!
Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2006 14:54:35 -0800
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Michael Heath <address@hidden> writes:

> The current plan takes a package and makes it's bin/ directory appear
> to be included in /bin, takes the package's usr/ directory and makes
> it appear to be included in /usr, and so on. What he's saying is,
> rather than doing this, you should just have a utility that keeps the
> PATH environment variable updated (by adding hte packages' bin/ and
> sbin/ directories), updates, and so on.

PATH variables are such a bad idea.  They seem so nice and elegant,
but they are horrible ways to slow systems down, and introduce so many
difficult-to-diagnose bugs.

Like /usr, we can't make them go away, but we certainly can avoid
relying on them and making the situation worse.


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