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Re: Which variable expands to /var?

From: Jules Colding
Subject: Re: Which variable expands to /var?
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2008 16:09:04 +0100

On Thu, 2008-02-07 at 05:31 -0700, Eric Blake wrote:
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> According to Jules Colding on 2/7/2008 3:41 AM:
> |> Note that ./configure defaults this to ${prefix}/var, but if you're
> |> building a binary package for a distribution you'd use
> |> --localstatedir=/var.
> |
> | Yes, I've tried that one, but I found it annoying that I had to define
> | it at configure time to get rid of the pre-pended ${prefix}.
> Autoconf follows the GNU Coding Standards, which states that the package
> must install into ${prefix}/var unless configured otherwise.  Yes, this
> default conflicts with the recommendations of FHS, meaning that to follow
> the FHS, you must select the the alternate path at configure time.  Most
> distros include a packaging system that takes care of calling configure
> with the correct arguments for that distro.  Sorry, this isn't likely to
> change in autoconf.

Wouldn't the world be a better place if the GNU Coding Standards
respected the FHS?

IMHO it would.

Best regards,

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