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From Martin Gregorie <>
Subject Re: sa-update cron failure
Date Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:55:14 GMT
On Fri, 2015-02-06 at 00:38 +0100, Reindl Harald wrote:
> you did not get the point
> there is also /usr/local/bin, /usr/local/sbin and so on
You don't. You avoid name and version clashes by NOT putting distro
packages on /usr/local and ONLY putting local and 3rd party developed
non-standard software in /usr/local. Haven't you been paying attention?

IMO any properly configured system does that and also:
- includes the /usr/local/* hierarchy in PATH and its chums
- makes a habit of putting config files for non-standard software in
  /usr/local/etc* and writing it to search ., /usr/local/etc and /etc
  in that order for its config files.

> where do you move them in case of a migration?
Personally, long ago I did: 

   mkdir /home/local
   mv /usr/local /home/local
   ln -s /home/local /usr/local

where /home is a separate partition that is never reformatted (unless
the disk needs replacing). What do you do? Seeing that you have quite a
farm I think I'd expect to find /usr/local mapped to some central,
mirrored disk array for easy maintenance.

> /local/bin and /local/sbin is far away from any FHS
> anything refer /usr/local would break unconditionally
Yep, and that would seem to be a sensible way to go, but then I think
this sort of separation between vanilla distro packages and 'the rest'
makes sense. YMMV, but I'd be interested to know why.


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