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Re: libexecdir/datadir used incorrectly

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: libexecdir/datadir used incorrectly
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2005 20:20:21 -0500

    I think it can be read both ways.  

The current make-stds.texi says:

 @item datarootdir
 The root of the directory tree for read-only architecture-independent
 data files.  This should normally be @file{/usr/local/share} ...

 @item datadir
 The directory for installing idiosyncratic read-only
 architecture-independent data files for this program.  This is usually
 the same place as @samp{datarootdir}, but we use the two separate
 variables so that you can move these idiosyncratic files without
 altering the location for Info files, man pages, etc.

    So perhaps ask whoever is responsible for the GNU coding standards to
    make the text more clear in the next version.

If anyone thinks a change is needed/desirable, propose it to
address@hidden  (Which happens to go to me at the moment.  And I
will duly forward it to rms, who makes all decisions concerning GNU

            make datadir=FOO
    should the data files go into FOO or into FOO/awk?  With your

FOO.  If you said make datarootdir=FOO, they'd go into FOO/awk.


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