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Re: OpenPackages comments

On Monday, September 11, 2000, at 05:17 PM, Will Andrews wrote:

> We *DO* currently use /usr/local for where to install things by default 
> (X stuff goes in /usr/X11R6, which may or may not be cool, depending on 
> your perspective).  However, I (and others, including David O'Brien) 
> think it's really a misnomer, because /usr/local should be reserved for 
> those things that TRULY are local to a machine.  After all, installed 
> packages may be shared across machines. 

  Well, I do agree that there is a need for two directories, one which
might be a network mount.  But I don't think that that is related to
whether an item is a package or not.  We have:

	a- Stuff that comes with the system (/usr)
	b- Stuff the user installs (/usr/local)
	c- Stuff installs at a site and shared (?)

  Some people mount the last on /usr/local, which I agree is a bit

  I'd like to be able to do all three.  Base system software should
be packageable into units which can be independantly upgraded (as I
suggested earlier); that case a.  User installs a port on local disk
is case b, and site admin installs on a shared volume for case c.

  So I'd expect a package to either be from the OS distributor, which
means it goes into /usr, or other, which can either be local or shared
at the installing user's option.

  That suggests a need for a standard case c directory, and /usr/pkg
doesn't sound quite right to me.


Wilfredo Sánchez, wsanchez@apple.com
Open Source Engineering Lead
Apple Computer, Inc., Core Operating System Group
1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 94086, 408.974-5174

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