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

Jeremy White jwhite at
Wed Mar 22 18:40:34 EET 2006

> I only suggest here, that installers that support relocation should do
> so with a 'prefix' mechanism rather than XDG_DATA_DIRS.

The use of XDG_DATA_DIRS is strictly for the purpose of creating
a menu on a given system; the software installer presumably
has other mechanisms for deciding where it's binaries and support files go.

> I'm not so sure that is a good idea. I think putting files into the
> application prefix and then registering that location through a file in
> /etc (or through invocation of a system utility) in much better suited
> to provide flexibility and manageability (and conform to the letter and
> spirit of the FHS).

Sure; I can see a rational argument for that as well, but afaict,
the current menu-spec has no provision for that currently.  This
was also discussed in an earlier thread, and there seemed to be
some dislike of this on the part of others.



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