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Re: LYNX-DEV Lynx w/ (simple) ncurses colors

From: Klaus Weide
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV Lynx w/ (simple) ncurses colors
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 1997 19:45:03 -0600 (CST)

On Tue, 18 Mar 1997, Nelson Henry Eric wrote:
> > > > Everything went smooth, except for the nasty surprise that the header
> > > > files in /usr/include got overwritten by `make install.libs' - I really
> > > > wanted to keep the old version around!  (Everything else went under
> > > > /usr/local, as expected.)
> > 
> > It makes no sense to me.  If I force everything else to be installed
> > under /usr/local/ with --prefix= (in order to not override the system
> > version of curses/ncurses), I certainly don't expect the header files
> > to be overwritten in /usr/include instead of in /usr/local/include.
> > Please at least put an adequate warning in INSTALL and the output of
> > ./configure --help.
> I'd like to express a <STRONG> second </STRONG> to Klaus's comments,
> and add that overwriting of system (bundled) files should NEVER be the
> default.  (That's the very reason I have never installed ncurses as
> root, and probably never will after hearing this.)

Partially it was my own fault.  I did a "make -n install.libs" before
proceding to the real thing, to make sure I know where things would land.
Well that doesn't help much unless you then look at the output
carefully...  Duh.  

> Since Lynx is in the process of being autoconf'ed, I hope it won't end
> up being one of those applications that says you're going to `nuke' this
> or that if you `make install *' [e.g., help/about directories].

From what I have seen, Tom and Jim have been very careful and conservative
in the changes to Lynx so far.  Of course checking where things get
installed ("make -n install") is always a good idea.  (It's an even better
idea to do that when you're awake...)


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