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[bug-sourceinstall] [bug #17375] Assume default prefix from source

From: Claudio Fontana
Subject: [bug-sourceinstall] [bug #17375] Assume default prefix from source
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 17:46:40 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #4, bug #17375 (project sourceinstall):

> Your implementation works fine, but isnt' there a way to 
> sourceinstall discover by itself which is the default prefix
> from the source?

Yes, but the question is: is it a good idea?

By using a global default prefix option, the user can be sure that all
packages he installs have a certain prefix, when he does not explicitly
override the globally defined default.

Otherwise we are left with the packager's whims
(Is it /usr/local, /usr, $HOME/name, /usr/local/name, ...),
which means that after installing X packages we might have X different
prefixes, with the involved confusion and potential necessity to extend PATH,

while by forcing the default prefix option we gain uniformity and

It could be possible to show the package-provided prefix in the Directories
tab as a reference though.

By the way, all packages installed from source code should have a
package-provided default prefix of /usr/local (GNU coding standards,
Filesystem Hierarchy Standard), so I do not agree with the samba choice



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