Install location for WM's

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at swbell.net
Thu Aug 8 20:33:50 PDT 2002


Mark Hymers wrote:

>On Thu, 08, Aug, 2002 at 09:46:48PM +0100, Mark Hymers spoke thus..
>  
>
>>On Thu, 08, Aug, 2002 at 07:52:09AM -0500, Larry Lawrence spoke thus..
>>    
>>
>>>Where is the default installation area for window managers.  They seem to 
>>>default to /usr/local (which we move to /usr), but I'm tending to treat 
>>>them like KDE and Gnome and install them in /opt.  I would like to solicit 
>>>opinions and get a ruling from Mark.
>>>      
>>>
>>URGH.  This one is nasty.
>>
>>Erm..  I *think* /usr is correct but I'm still contemplating /usr/X11R6.
>>Let me find my printed copy of the FHS and I'll get back to you on this.
>>    
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>
>Found it (under my bed).
>
>Right, /usr/X11R6 is probably wrong:
>
>"/usr/X11R6: This hierarchy is reserved for the X Window System, version
>             11, release 6, *and related files*"
>
>How do we interpret *related files*?
>
>The only problem I have with shoving them in /opt is that everytime you
>install a window manager you end up with a high level directory and also
>that most WMs don't have so many files that it's (IMO) worth having a
>seperate /opt/<WM> directory for them.
>
>/usr is the catchall I suppose.
>
>The answer - I'm not sure yet (sorry).  I'll wait and see what other 
>people say before making a final decision (although obviously given the
>deadline I need to make it quickly).  Anyway, at least I'm being a
>benevolant dictator if I solict opinions first.
>Comments on what people think - and do you agree with my interpretation
>of the FHS comments on /usr/X11R6?
>
Yes.  It definately does not go in the X11 hierrarchy.  If it is 
installed in /opt, how many files is it?  KDE has 17522 :)
XFree86 only has 7084 and Qt has 3087.
  -- Bruce

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