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Re: Core-utils 7.2; building only 'su'

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Core-utils 7.2; building only 'su'
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 13:17:42 -0400

   > So for maximum portability you should support this in your
   > package, too.  BTW, why do you state that overriding just $prefix
   > would be "almost always wrong"?

   In the w32 arena, overriding $prefix at `make install' time is
   unilaterally *correct*.  Why can your staging area not mirror the
   structure of the eventual installation, with all alternative paths
   specified relative to $prefix, (as enshrined in GCS defaults)?  Do
   it sensibly, and you shouldn't need the DESTDIR kludge, so...

Using prefix is the real cludge, it has nothing to do with mirroring
the staging area.  Consider `./configure --prefix=/shared
--exec-prefix=' (yes, empty exec_prefix), if you now do `make install
prefix=FOO', things will not install properly, this is exacly why we
have DESTDIR.  Schemes like these are often used on systems that
export their data using NFS.

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