Question about OpenOffice installation

Chris Staub chris at
Thu Apr 27 09:20:49 PDT 2006

In the OOo instructions, BLFS says to install into /opt then create 
symlinks in /usr/lib so the OOo programs will be in your PATH. Other 
BLFS instructions for installing programs into /opt, like JDK and 
Apache-Ant, say to simply add /opt/PROGRAM_NAME/bin to the PATH. What's 
the difference in installation methods? Is this just showing different 
ways to use programs in /opt for educational value, or is there some 
technical reason for symlinking OOo progs in /usr/bin rather than adding 
/opt/openoffice-[version] to the path?

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