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Re: libexecdir/datadir used incorrectly

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: libexecdir/datadir used incorrectly
Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2005 01:31:33 +0100

       | This should normally be @file{/usr/local/sbin}, but write it
       | as @file{$(exec_prefix)/sbin}.  (If you are using Autoconf,
       | write it as @samp{@@sbindir@@}.)

   Sorry, but once again, I fail to see any meaningful difference
   between this text and the text that's already there.  I don't
   object to it, but I don't see the point.  It mentions the actual
   directory name, but so what?  I don't get it.

The above wording atleast to me makes it clear that it should be
written as @datadir@, not @datadir@/FOO or whatever, where as the
current wording leaves for the maintainer to write it as

   Whereas Alexandre's text actually gives an additional explanation
   to the situation, so it makes sense to me.

That doesn't make sense to me, but maybe I'm just dense.  It does give
a reason why you should not change it to something else, but it
doesn't disallow it.  Which is what I see as the problem (i.e. allows
people to argue "well, see this bit in the GCS? It doesn't disallow
this, so I'm really following the GCS")

       datadir := $(datadir)/package-name

   This would be inane.

Sure, but the current wording, and Alexandre's would allow it (atleast
that is how I read it).  Which is what my point is.

The wording of sbindir (which my wording was based on), cleary states
that you shouldn't change the value to whatever you feel like.

That is how I see it, but as I said, maybe I'm just being dense...

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