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

cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis) cobaco at
Wed Mar 22 11:03:49 EET 2006

On Wednesday 22 March 2006 08:07, Waldo Bastian wrote:
> 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.

Is it really that difficult for an ISV to look at XDG_*_DIRS, check which 
ones are writeable and pop up a question asking which one to stuff their 
files in (or if you want a new dir)? That would still give the same 
defaults if the environment variables aren't set.

Also I'm  not sure about the default use of /usr/share for ISV stuff, LSB 
puts third-party things under /opt, do we really want to conflict with 
cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis):
    Coördinator Belgisch Skolelinux team
    Coördinator Nederlandse Skolelinux vertaling
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