[nSLUG] Linuxfest "Backups" presentation

David Payne david at payneful.ca
Thu May 13 13:42:32 ADT 2010


It installs to /opt when you install the package as root.  It's possible to
install the package as a normal user also, in that case it gets installed to
home directory.

Now that I think about it it most likely makes sense to do this for the
vendor also.  It would require less changes between Mac OS X, Linux and


On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 1:33 PM, Ben Armstrong
<synrg at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca>wrote:

> On 05/13/2010 01:15 PM, Ben Armstrong wrote:
> > That's what /opt is for.  Try re-educating them?
> >
> >
> http://www.pathname.com/fhs/pub/fhs-2.3.html#OPTADDONAPPLICATIONSOFTWAREPACKAGES
> >
> Oh.  You didn't exactly say the one dir was in /usr/bin.  I just assumed
> that.  Maybe they already use /opt?
> I find software that is distributed by the vendor to /opt rather
> convenient to install/uninstall, and particularly convenient to have
> more than one version of the same package installed at once (e.g.
> Netbeans IDE).  It is a scheme particularly suited to and therefore
> favoured by ISVs and I think it has its uses there.  I also appreciate
> knowing where all of the vendor-provided files are when I'm filing bugs
> against my distribution so that I know the distribution isn't "tainted"
> by said files and therefore may be exhibiting buggy behaviour for
> reasons outside of the distribution's direct control.
> Ben
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