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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject RE: install directory layout
Date Thu, 21 Dec 2000 17:59:13 GMT
> From: Tony Finch []
> Sent: Monday, December 18, 2000 5:26 PM
> wrote:
> >
> >I agree, I really like making programs look correct on all platforms, so
> >that a Unix program looks like a Unix program, and a Windows program looks
> >like a Windows program.  However, we have to balance that with the idea
> >that if I, as an admin, have to switch between Windows and Unix, then I
> >don't want to have to remember where each file is on each platform.
> I think we should assume that admins are at least competent enough to
> be able to deal with the differences between different platforms. I am
> -1 putting libraries in a bin directory on Unix.

All things considered, the actual libs are independent of the administrator
themselves, they should mostly be transparent.  I'd argue they can go anywhere
we choose (libexec on unix, bin on win32) with no adverse affects, confusion
or other side effects.

When linking to libraries in libexec, win32 will behave as unix, and that's
maybe the least transparent detail.  The binding libs are in libexec on win32,
the actual dll's are in bin where they are easily found.

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