[Development] Pending decisions on co-installation

Thiago Macieira thiago.macieira at intel.com
Wed Oct 31 20:50:10 CET 2012

On quarta-feira, 31 de outubro de 2012 12.23.27, Oswald Buddenhagen wrote:
> > 4) new installation paths (besides the bin directory)
> > The latest patch I've provided creates a grouping of all arch-dependent
> > files  in ARCHDATADIR, with arch-independent files in DATADIR. That
> > change, by itself, is innocuous since it doesn't produce any difference
> > in installation.>
> > 
> >
> > The decision we need is on the defaults for those two directories. My
> > proposal  is to have ARCHDATADIR=LIBDIR/qt5 and DATADIR=PREFIX/share/qt5
> > on Unix build that require make install *only*. Again, there are
> > arguments for and against, so let's hear them.
> >
> > 
> -2
> it's just pointless to change the defaults (because it's trivial for
> distros to adjust the paths, and diversity does not hurt in any way),
> and it's counterproductive to introduce inconsistency in the defaults
> between installed and non-installed builds.

I can accept that we shouldn't change the defaults based on whether we're 
doing make install or not.

The reason I wanted them as the default was so that a minimal "configure --
prefix=/usr" would do the right thing, as most other packages do. That means 
our instructions to packagers are simpler. They need to pass additional -
xxxdir options if they *choose* to according to their distro policies, not 
because our defaults are incorrect.
Thiago Macieira - thiago.macieira (AT) intel.com
  Software Architect - Intel Open Source Technology Center
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