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Re: [Groff] gxditview

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: [Groff] gxditview
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 07:42:35 +0100 (CET)

> > You are hitting a weak point of X.  While it is easy to have
> > multiple locations for binaries, there is just one central
> > directory for application resources (usually
> > X11/lib/X11/app-defaults) -- no support for local trees a la TeX's
> > kpathsea, only some environment variables (see the documentation
> > X(7) man page).  While it is possible (to a certain degree) to
> > have a local X tree for resources, I doubt that many users have
> > set up X in this way (and Linux distributions also don't do this
> > AFAIK).
> > 
> > IMHO it makes no sense to have the binary in /usr/local and the
> > resource in /usr.
> Agreed.
> > Comments welcome, especially who this problem can be solved.
> When I was responsible for sys. admin. for a bunch of programmers I
> installed local stuff under /usr/local, including the X resources,
> and the `common' .profile, .login, etc., set the appropriate
> environment variable, probably XFILESEARCHPATH, appropriately.  It
> seemed to work fine and they didn't need to know, or notice.

Yes, this works, but I cannot assume that people have set up X11 like
that, unfortunately.  There is absolutely no standard how to install
X11 stuff in a local tree AFAIK -- requiring more action than
`./configure; make; make install' is really bad.


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