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Re: Proposal: dirlist.d/ directory support

From: Stepan Kasal
Subject: Re: Proposal: dirlist.d/ directory support
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 02:35:26 +0200
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On Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 10:04:48PM +0200, Robert Schiele wrote:
> Exactly.  Let's take GNOME in /opt/gnome/ as an example.  If you have that you
> might want to have GNOME m4 files in /opt/gnome/share/aclocal/ but you may
> want to make some GNOME package also provide
> /usr/share/aclocal/dirlist.d/gnome that includes only the line
> "/opt/gnome/share/aclocal/".

this example is very illustrative.  I think the dirlist.d/package
files would contain one absolute patch each.  And that can be
expressed with an absolute symlink.

I would do
        echo "/usr/share/aclocal/*.d" >>/usr/share/aclocal/dirlist
and then
ln -s /opt/gnome/share/aclocal /usr/share/aclocal/gnome.d

> Sure you could also do this with some symbolic
> links but actually in my opinion the solution I provided is more clean since
> it does not invent a new way of doing something but instead provides a
> straight-forward extension of an existing one.

My opinion is exactly oposite: why do we need to invent a new
mechanism when the current one perfectly fits the need?


(There are some fundamental problems with the dirlist mechanism, like
when you have /opt/gnome24 and /opt/gnome26 and want to use one of
them for one build and another one for another build.  But your
proposal does not help with that, so I really do not see any reason
to adopt it.)

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