[Portland] /opt setup
James Richard Tyrer
tyrerj at acm.org
Tue Jul 18 00:57:41 PDT 2006
George Kraft wrote:
> This morning Waldo Bastian gave a Portland presentation at DDC06 in
> Ottawa. He briefly discussed how to integrate /opt/ applications
> into /usr/. I would like to recommend a one time global setup of /opt/
> via /etc/profile.d/ and for every /opt/ application to do a post install
With all these links, is there really any point in installing an
application in: "/opt/"? I suppose so, but I can't help but wonder.
IIUC, the main advantage of installing an application in: "/opt/" is
that all of the applications files are in one place and can be easily
removed. If that advantage is not needed because we use a package
management system that can remove all files, I really think that it
would best to simply drop the: "/opt/" directory. That is, are there
real advantages in installing in: "/opt/<app_name>/" rather than just
installing in: "/usr/local/"?
A reasonable solution would be possible if it were possible to merge
directories in *NIX as I understand that it is with Plan9.
Can Linux address this issue with a virtual file system?
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