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Re: [Nmh-workers] A --prefix friendly install

From: heymanj
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] A --prefix friendly install
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:15:02 -0400

On 1 October 2014 at 19:38, Lyndon Nerenberg <address@hidden>wrote:

> Our current directory layout for default installations is quite biased 
> toward our owning the entire installation directory tree.  In 
> particular, we directly spam .../etc with configuration and template 
> files, and .../lib with back-end executables.
> This layout isn't very friendly with 'configure --prefix=/usr/local'.

I for one have been configuring with

$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/nmh --libdir=/usr/local/nmh/lib64

for years.  Well, the --libdir since moving to a 64 bit system, but
always storing things in /usr/local/nmh.  In fact, after I install,
I 'mv' the directory to /usr/local/nmh-1.X and symlink it to /usr/lcoal/nmh

My PATH includes /usr/local/nmh/bin, and I merrily continue along using
the system.

Before anyone asks, I do so because /usr/local is a separate file system
and when I upgrade/reinstall a newer version of Linux I just remount the
file system and I'm ready to roll - no need to recompile existing, working

[ ... new location discussion deleted ... ]

> If anyone objects to these location changes, please speak up soon.

I don't object, but please leave the options in the 'configure' script
so that I can put them where I'm used to.

> --lyndon

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