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Re: /run and needing a --rundir for configure

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: /run and needing a --rundir for configure
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:01:10 -0600
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On 09/11/2013 04:12 PM, Karl Berry wrote:
> rms wants --varrundir instead of --rundir for the option name.  I expect
> there will be objections to that name because of wanting to use /run.
> Other ideas?

I guess since users installing in $HOME will still want $HOME/var/run
(where mainly distros want /run), and since it defaults to
$(localstate)/run which in turn is $(prefix)/var/run, I can live with
the longer name --varrundir.

> From: Richard Stallman <address@hidden>

> Now it is clear what these files do.  However, the name --rundir is
> totally misleading.
> The name /var/run is misleading too, but since it's under /var, people
> will know it is meant to contain some files made by programs for some
> sort of case.
> --rundir lacks that helpful context, so the misleadingness goes
> uncorrected.  It sounds like a way to specify the directory to run
> some program in.
> How about --varrundir?

Also a valid argument for the longer option name.  I'll touch up my
autoconf patches accordingly, and post them soon.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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