Menu-spec update (Was: [Patch] Update 'How to' to clarify computation of datadir)

Waldo Bastian bastian at
Wed Mar 22 09:07:30 EET 2006

On Tuesday 21 March 2006 12:52, Jeremy White wrote:
> > Yes, that is the intention and has been the intention all along. For
> > example, the desktop base directory specification has been saying from
> > the start that the default value for datadir during installation is
> > /usr/share.
> Sure, but 'default' suggests that its configurable, which, at least
> for an ISV, it is not.

For an OSV it's configurable and they can adjust the env. vars accordingly to 
make sure things keep working. An ISV doesn't have that option.

> I would recommend eliminating the verbiage about /usr/local, given this;
> if you're going to hard code it, hard code it.  Don't namby pamby around.
> I find it shocking that what appeared to me to be a general purpose
> specification, that allowed for great flexibility with reasonable defaults,
> is in reality just another hard coded path.

"shocking" doesn't tell me much. Why do you want great flexibility? Who should 
have great flexibility?

Linux Client Architect - Channel Platform Solutions Group - Intel Corporation
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