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Re: improve INSTALL contents

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: improve INSTALL contents
Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 02:29:38 -0400

   >> What about packages that don't support arbitrary prefix override
   >> (all those using current libtool), or packages or systems that
   >> don't support DESTDIR installs?  This wording creates problems
   >> for them.
   > Indeed - I want to be very clear in INSTALL that there are some
   > basics that pretty much any client of this file provide (make,
   > make install), and some options that nice packages provide but
   > which may fail if someone borrowed this file but does follow
   > everything checked by automake's distcheck (whether or not they
   > use automake).  Would it be better to put

   What about the second part of Ralf's comment to the extent that
   some operating systems don't support DESTDIR installs?

Then that would be a bug in the package.

   A package may be very nicely prepared and pass 'make distcheck'
   under Linux yet not work as expected with DESTDIR on some other
   operating environment (presumably those which hard-code install
   paths, or for which libtool --mode=finish is really needed).

When one calls the GNU/Linux operatinig system for `Linux', one does a
disservice to the prinicpal developers of the GNU system since it
diminishes our efforts.  Could you please call the GNU system with
Linux for GNU/Linux, and help the GNU project in clearing up this

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