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Re: LYNX-DEV Some things I'd like in the next Lynx package.

From: Jim Spath (Webmaster Jim)
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV Some things I'd like in the next Lynx package.
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 1997 08:01:45 -0500 (EST)

On Sun, 9 Mar 1997, Subir Grewal wrote:

> 2. Having 'make install' install the lynx_help heirarchy as well.  I
> realize this might be problematic since it would mean getting the path
> right in both userdefs.h and lynx.cfg (perhaps a command line option
> could over-ride the default lynx_help location?).  It could also be
> problematic for sites running more than one version of Lynx.  But it would
> be nice to have help installed by default (though the k'eymap page
> suffices for basic help, the entire help heirarchy is a good thing to
> have).

At the risk of sounding like a broken (vinyl) record, this sounds
like a configuration option.  The generic INSTALL file that one
might distribute for Lynx has this language:

   By default, `make install' will install the package's files in
`/usr/local/bin', `/usr/local/man', etc.  You can specify an
installation prefix other than `/usr/local' by giving `configure' the
option `--prefix=PATH'.

   You can specify separate installation prefixes for
architecture-specific files and architecture-independent files.  If you
give `configure' the option `--exec-prefix=PATH', the package will use
PATH as the prefix for installing programs and libraries.
Documentation and other data files will still use the regular prefix.

   In addition, if you use an unusual directory layout you can give
options like `--bindir=PATH' to specify different values for particular
kinds of files.  Run `configure --help' for a list of the directories
you can set and what kinds of files go in them.


I'll work up some suggestions for what other things configure can
handle so folks can begin thinking about it.  One example that isn't
in there yet, but I have code for -- setting the built-in starting
page from the configuration command line, from the environment
variable WWW_HOME, or as a default value.

God what a depressingly moronic hacker you are

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