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From Manoj Kasichainula <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Support for Mac OS X, some cleanup for Mac OS X Server
Date Fri, 30 Apr 1999 22:23:09 GMT
On Fri, Apr 30, 1999 at 11:49:47AM -0700, Wilfredo Sanchez wrote:
>   The fact is that the Unix-style Apache layout is Just Plain Wrong  
> on Mac OS, and Pretty Much Wrong on Mac OS X Server.  I think the use  
> should be able to run Configure and get a default that is reasonable  
> for his or her platform, and not some default that's kinda right on  
> most platforms.

The other side of this, though, is that people who are used to Apache
may move from their old system to OS X. Then, when they install
Apache, it will show up in a completely different location. In the
case of Red Hat, I know people who really don't like the Red Hat
layouts. They use a particular ./configure statement to build and
install Apache using the Apache-standard layout. If we started
defaulting to OS-specific layouts, we would break those users.

I'm actually ambivalent on this question. Default answers to questions
can be fundamentally hard to pick well. That's why I lean towards
putting this information in the users' faces so that they know to
choose for themselves.

Manoj Kasichainula - manojk at io dot com -
"Cheese is a useful thing, too. Should WebDAV have cheese?"
  -- Larry Masinter

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