BLFS use of /opt

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at
Sun Oct 6 10:15:19 PDT 2002

Richard Lightman wrote:

>* Tushar Teredesai <tush at> [2002-10-06 16:04]:
>>The problem with putting packages in /opt is that many things may need 
>>to be changed - path, library path, manpath, infopath, path for pkgconfig.
>There is supposed to be /opt/bin, which is full of links to things in
>/opt/kde/bin, /opt/gnome/bin, ...
>The same sort of thing should happen for /opt/lib, /opt/man,
>opt/info, ...
>This way you should only have to add opt once for each thing like path,
>instead of adding one entry for each package in path.

Yes, but for large packages, such as KDE and GNOME, this is quite 
awkward because of the large number of packages.  Additionally, if a new 
version of a package has a new executable, that has to be added 
manually.  Overall this is not a optimal way of doing things.
  -- Bruce

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