BLFS use of /opt

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


Richard Lightman wrote:

>* Tushar Teredesai <tush at yahoo.com> [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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