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Re: GNUstep directory layout

From: Richard Frith-Macdonald
Subject: Re: GNUstep directory layout
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 17:42:03 +0100

On Wednesday, September 11, 2002, at 05:31 PM, David Ayers wrote:

The last MAJOR change I'm debating is the Developer domain. It would be
nice to have all the developer stuff in one location. The drawback is
that we are separating things, like Libraries and Headers, which really
should be together.

If having a Developer domain means that there is yet another directory
where tools and apps can be installed - which means yet another directory
to add to the PATH and/or to the list of dirs to search for apps, then
that is another obvious drawback - PATH and similar variables are already
too long and big.

I must admit that having a Developer domain seemed like a "nice to have" but it really doesn't fit in to the concept. The domains Network/System/Local/USER_ROOT all refer to entities who "vend" a domain (Nerwork Admin/Distro/Sys Admin/User). Developers refers to a certein user group that uses this domain (similar to bin/sbin-concept). What makes them so special for them to have thier own domain? Access rights to certain apps have to be handled in a consistent way for all kinds of user groups. Picking Developer seems rather arbitrary. And I don't think it's worth sacrificing execution/build time for it. If I want a "Developer" workstation, I can install the packeges in the Local Domain (unless I have a dedicated Developer-Distro which might have them in System). (Maybe we could compromise on inistalling ProjectCenter, Gorm, Palettes and the Makefiles in Local by default, if that isn't already the case.) (Hmm. but maybe I'm going to far.)

Just some thoughts, I'm not all to much into this.

For what it's worth, my vote is against a separate developer domain too.

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