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Re: libexecdir/datadir used incorrectly

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: libexecdir/datadir used incorrectly
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 17:48:10 +0200

> Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 15:31:37 +0200
> From: Aharon Robbins <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden, address@hidden
> I think Eli is referring to the idea of
>       $(datarootdir)/package/machine-triple-version/pkg-version/
> which GCC uses.

Yes, mostly.

> IMHO, this is appropriate for things where architecture and/or OS make
> a difference, like GCC, and I guess Emacs.  It's not necessary for packages
> where the data files are architecture and OS independent, like gawk. For
> such packages, a directory like
>       $(datarootdir)/package/pkg-version/
> is not unreasonable.  In the case of gawk, because the files change so little
> from release to release, and are usually usable by previous versions, I think
> it's reasonable to use gawk's current scheme of
>       $(datarootdir)/package/
> I think Eli's concern is that the long directory name not get codified in
> the GCS and end up being used by programs that don't need such an 
> over-specified
> location.  I would agree.

What scares me more than anything else is that files installed by a
package start moving from release to release, hide in subdirectories,
etc.  It is IMHO more important that a package sticks to some
reasonable convention than to have all packages agree on some uniform

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