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Re: Ghostscript packaging for X11, non-X11 versions

Christopher Faylor wrote:

On Sat, Jul 06, 2002 at 07:02:31PM +0100, John Morrison wrote:

I would go ahead and allow ALL of the scripts and man pages to be duplicated (bdftops, font2c, gslj, etc) into both /usr/bin/|/usr/man and /usr/X11R6/bin|/usr/X11R6/man -- without any renaming.

Or have a ghostscript-docs-x.y.z which just contains documents...

That won't be too convenient for people who want to read man pages.

I'd suggest just using symbolic links in the /usr/X11R6/... directories to the /usr/... directories.

But everybody is assuming that everything under /usr/X11R6/ (with the exception of gs.exe) will be identical to the stuff under /usr.

This *may* be true, NOW. But it ain't necessarily so -- and even if it is, it ain't guaranteed to remain that way.

I'm thinking of /usr/X11R6 and /usr as two different "platforms" -- so the only thing that can be shared among platforms is <prefix>/share/* (by analogy, think of a filesystem shared between linux, hpux, and solaris: every platform gets its own /usr tree, but they can share /usr/share.)

[That's why the FHS puts man pages in /usr/share/man -- *presumably* man pages are identical on all platforms. Not always true, but hey]

I'm assuming that ONLY the stuff put into <prefix>/share is identical between our pseudo-"platforms"; everything else is a priori unique.


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