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Re: libexecdir/datadir used incorrectly

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: libexecdir/datadir used incorrectly
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 16:43:24 +0100

   Standards don't exist for their own good: they are meant to help

And inconsitent standards do not help people, they make things worse.

   So if changing a standard helps some people but does a disservice
   to others, the merits and demerits of the change should be weighed
   one against the other to decide whether to make that change.

That a standard, any standard, will help some and do a disservice to
other is a fact of life.  Not everyone can be happy with the same

But I don't see the point we are arguing, since nobody was changing
the GCS to do anything differently, only a clarification that you
aren't allowed to do:

datadir = @foo@/bar/baz

and that datadir should always be written as @datadir@ or
$(datarootdir).  I.e. something that to my knowledge all GNU programs
already follow (with the single small execption of gawk, which has
been fixed now).

I'm really having a hard time to see how you can justify that
"configure --datadr=FOO" should work differently from "make

Happy hacking!

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