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[Bug-gnulib] Re: address@hidden: relocatable packages

From: Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Subject: [Bug-gnulib] Re: address@hidden: relocatable packages
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 00:46:33 +0200
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Hi Karl,

>>> "Karl" == Karl Berry <address@hidden> writes:


 Karl> That is, say I installed a package in /usr/local on my machine (thus it
 Karl> is intermixed with zillions of others), and then want to copy it to my
 Karl> home directory on a shared machine.  If the package is relocatable, then
 Karl> I can do this -- if I can find all the files.  But how do I know what
 Karl> the files are?

Some time ago I was a user of GNU Stow.  I don't recall why I
stopped, but ISTR Stow would address that kind of issue.

 Karl> For that matter, I've often wanted the file list for other reasons, too
 Karl> -- for instance, to remove an old package.

 Karl> Perhaps make install could write a manifest to $pkgdatadir/something?

Similarly someone recently suggested on the automake list that
`make install' creates an `uninstall.sh' script (the problem
with `make uninstall' is that you need to keep the source tree).
There are many issues related to user's install/unstall rules,
plus I'm not sure this sort of administravia falls into `make
install''s job.
Alexandre Duret-Lutz

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