Default paths in Base Directory Specification

Waldo Bastian bastian at
Tue Sep 14 14:15:44 EEST 2004

On Monday 13 September 2004 16:05, Julio M. Merino Vidal wrote:
> Hi all,
> first of all, please consider the following scenario: in the NetBSD's
> packaging system,
> pkgsrc, the default installation prefix for all applications is
> /usr/pkg.  All stuff installed
> by the packaging system ends up in that directory, and nothing gets
> into /usr nor
> /usr/local.  (Note that the administrator can change the prefix on a
> host basis, thus
> using other non-standard directories.)
> With the actual Base Directory Specification, all the applications
> that use it don't work properly "out of the box".  The user must configure
> his environment to manually set up the XDG_DATA_DIRS and XDG_CONFIG_DIRS
> variables to point under the /usr/pkg prefix. 

I would expect the OS vendor to set that up for the user. The user doesn't 
need to manually set PATH either, does he?

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