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Re: Which variable expands to /var?

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Which variable expands to /var?
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2008 19:36:21 -0700
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According to Keith Marshall on 2/7/2008 3:57 PM:
| On Thursday 07 February 2008 16:09, Paul Smith wrote:
|> It would be really nice for autoconf to have a standard "--use-fhs"
|> flag or similar that would set all the path variables properly for
|> FHS.
| Wouldn't `--enable-fhs' be a better fit with the GCS dictum on how
| `--enable-*' and `--use-*' options are to be applied?

I think the idea has merit; it seems like we would provide a macro
AC_ENABLE_FHS, which if invoked, will add the --enable-fhs
./configure-time option (or should we provide --enable-fhs
unconditionally?).  If the user uses --enable-fhs, it would populate all
of the directory variables according to FHS, but could still be overridden
by later directory names, so:

./configure --enable-fhs --docdir=$HOME/doc

would be possible.  Users that don't pass --enable-fhs would fall back to
the existing defaults of a hierarchy completely under /usr/local/.

Now, does anyone care to write the patch?

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