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Re: GNUstep.sh / env sanity patches

From: Rogelio Serrano
Subject: Re: GNUstep.sh / env sanity patches
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 14:43:08 +0800

On 2004-08-18 14:22:08 +0800 Richard Frith-Macdonald <address@hidden> wrote:

On 18 Aug 2004, at 02:50, John Davidorff Pell wrote:

If GNUstep-installation-one is installed in /usr/local/GNUstep1 and GNUstep-installation-two is installed in /usr/local/GNUstep2, then we need some way of telling one that its in one directory, and the other in the other, hence the need for a specifiable GNUsteprc, right? Actually, i would expect that installation one should have hard coded into it where it lives, since it cannot be easily relocated anyway. This should solve some of the requirements for a GNUsteprc.

I'm very strongly against having a fixed location which cannot be overridden hardcoded into GNUstep. I want to be able to produce a binary software distribution that I can give to a customer on a cd-rom and tell them to install it and run it wherever they like on their machine.

I think that all such requirements can be fixed this way. If I want to run myTool with GNUstep2 instead of GNUstep1, then I should run /usr/local/GNUstep2/{System,Local,Network}/Tools/myTool anyway, right?

Then you have had to compile two separate versions ... twice as much work. What you should be able to do is take a single binary distribution and simply unpack into the location you want it. Then users of each installation just need to have an environment variable set to say which installation they are using.

This is not important for most people, but it *is* important if you need to roll out binary distributions to customers. If you make a software release which has dependencies on features of a recent GNUstep, you need to distribute the GNUstep system as part of the release. You can't ask your customers to grab the latest GNUstep from CVS, and build it with their own local configuration options before they can install/use the new release.

This is going to lead to duplication in a single system. Installation1/System will have the same as Installation2/System. what about the contents of the Local domain? Its similar to having two linux systems on one machine.

I view GNUstep more as a system. It is THE system. Others i think view it more as a location independent and mobile environment. There is a lot of functionality in GNUstep that is redundant in the second case.

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