[RFC] libexecdir

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Thu Jun 20 15:15:00 GMT 2013

On Jun 20 17:10, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Jun 20 10:19, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 10:20:51AM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > >Conflicts like this will happen.  If we change libexec, we have to be
> > >prepared for this kind of stuff.  Is it worth it?
> > 
> > I certainly have gone through this "pain" when the changeover was made
> > on Linux.  If we want to provide the real Linux look-and-feel I don't
> > think we have any choice.  :-)
> > 
> > But, seriously, I think that the change makes sense in the long run. If
> > we don't do this we'll eventually just have to be tweaking more and more
> > configurations to put things in /usr/libexec rather than /usr/lib.
> Yeah, probably.  Me and my lawn...
> > On a similar note, what about Fedora (and others) fusion of /usr/bin <> /bin
> > and /usr/sbin <> /sbin?  Do we want to think about that too?  It would
> > certainly make sense for Cygwin.  We could get rid of /usr/bin entirely.
> No, we can't.  Fedora has /usr/bin, /usr/lib and /usr/sbin, while the
> /bin, /lib, and /sbin paths are just symlinks to their /usr counterparts.
> This is necessary to maintain hardcode paths, and this will not go away
> in Fedora for a long time.
> For Cygwin we did this fusion anyway since version 1.1 or so, just as
> mount points and in the other direction.  We were far ahead of time :)
> Having said that, we could do the same for /sbin vs. /usr/sbin and
> create an automatic mount point for it as well.

OTOH, in an existing installation this requires to move the existing
files in /usr/sbin to /sbin before installing the new Cygwin maintaining
the auto mount point.  Hmm.


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