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Re: [Nmh-workers] Naive Queston About nmh Man Pages

From: norm
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Naive Queston About nmh Man Pages
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2012 05:58:49 -0700

Ken Hornstein <address@hidden> writes:
>Keeping with historical practice, nmh uses /usr/local/nmh as the default
>installation prefix (the default installation prefix for Autoconf is
>just /usr/local).  Everything gets installed underneath that using
>default GNU pathnames, so (for example) man pages end up getting
>installed in $(prefix)/share/man, which means that man pages by default
>end up in /usr/local/nmh/share/man.  AFAICT it's been that way since the
>Autoconf-ization of nmh (which goes back to 1998).
>I am reluctant to change this or add a new symlink as that would mess
>up the reasonably standardized directory structure that currently exists,
>and it's easy to solve - either adjust your man search path (via MANPATH
>or a man configuration file) or change the man page location via the
>--mandir configure option.
>It does bring to my mind to ask why we're still using /usr/local/nmh;
>AFACT when nmh is installed via packaging systems they install all of
>the commands in the regular directories and not a special nmh directory.
>But I don't have strong feelings either way, so unless others are itching
>to change it probably /usr/local/nmh will stay the default.

I kinda like all of nmh being in one place. It's then much easier to do things
like, 'cp -a /usr/local/nmh /t/Olds/nmh-1.5-RC3' or to just manually explore the
hierarchy to see what's there. This is particularly true in the absence of
something like 'rpm --list'.

    Norman Shapiro

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