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From Alexei Kosut <ako...@leland.Stanford.EDU>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Mac OS X default path layout
Date Sun, 02 May 1999 22:49:06 GMT
On Sun, 2 May 1999, Wilfredo Sanchez wrote:

>   OK, so here's the default path thing again. Patch in question is below.
> 
> Arguments against:
> 
> 1- Platform dependent kludge which makes APACI too inconsistent
>    and is at least against consistent defaults.

Out of curiosity, how does one pronounce "APACI"? I've been pronouncing it
like "Apache", but with more of a velar stop rather than an alveopalatal
affricate. I think that may be wrong, and that this is an issue we should
definitely come to a decision before such silly things as what APACI
actually does ;)

[...]

>   As for arguments 1 and 2, I'm all for doing the same for other  
> platforms so we're consistant.  But one thing to consider is that all  
> "other platforms" (I think?) are Unix platforms.  Except for  
> Windows, and I don't think Windows uses the Apache layout, though I  
> haven't checked.  Mac OS X is not a Unix platform, either, even  
> though we do have the ability to host Unix in the OS.

I'm going to agree here. I think the question is what the user expects to
happen when they run configure. As a Red Hat Linux user, I know that RHL
puts things in odd places. For example, Red Hat puts Perl in /usr/bin. But
when I install Perl, I like it in /usr/local/bin. In fact, Red Hat likes
you to do this - when you use an RPM, you put stuff in /usr, when you
compile your own, it gets put into /usr/local. That way you can update the
RPM packages whole-hog, without disturbing your non-RPM stuff.

The default Unix user will be expecting software to want to install itself
in /usr/local, even though few Unices actually ship with software
installed in /usr/local. I think the default Mac OS user will not be
expecting /usr/local, especially since that directory (assuming Fred's
information is correct) probably will not exist, and it's certainly not
consistent with the MacOS X/NeXT-style directory layouts.

I for one vote +1 on Fred's patch.

-- 
Alexei Kosut <akosut@cs.stanford.edu> <http://www.stanford.edu/~akosut/>
Stanford University, Class of 2001 * Apache <http://www.apache.org/> *


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