BLFS Path issues

Mike B mike at
Sat Jul 28 07:34:12 PDT 2001

On Saturday 28 July 2001 06:44, you wrote:
> On Sat, 28, Jul, 2001 at 02:32:25PM +0200, Jeroen Coumans wrote:
> > What's the rationale for putting some packages in /usr and others in
> > /usr/local? Did I miss it or isn't there any yet?
> Well, the problem is that the MTA's for example (postfix, sendmail,
> qmail) should generally go in /usr - and indeed much software EXPECTS
> them to be there.  Also, the stable constantly used libraries such as
> zlib and the graphics libraries are generally looked for in /usr (as
> /usr/local isn't a default lib and include dir for gcc I'm told).  We
> could hack this but it makes more sense to put the main libs in /usr
> imho.  Other people may disagree.  Also, for example, the network
> daemons being in /usr/local seems a bit iffy to me.  Again, I'm waiting
> for comments on this to see what people think.  Lets give it a bit of
> time.
> > If you still need a maintainer for audio & video (haven't seen any
> > messages volunteering yet), I hereby offer my services, or at least some
> > help, untill someone more qualified comes allong :)
> OK.  I hope you've seen the messages about the templates.  If not, email
> me and I'll point you to them.  If you want to get started on the audio
> and video install instructions feel free.  If you need help or anything,
> just email the list and I'm sure one of us will be able to point you in
> the right direction.

It makes sense to me to put anything the system uses for 'system' functions 
like mta's and libraries like zlib etc into /usr prefix, and anything that is 
specifically for other than system stuff(quake 3, editors, browsers) in 
/usr/local, but of course that's just my personal preference.

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