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Re: hmm...

Michael Goetze <mgoetze5@yahoo.com> writes:
> > Color me an ignorant NetBSD hacker -- what is FHS?
> Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. http://www.pathname.com/fhs/

I never heard of it before.

I just had a look. It is very similar to the NetBSD layout (which is
very largely unchanged from 4.4BSD). There are some annoying
differences, including /opt vs /usr/pkg, the whole BSD concept of
libdata and libexec, etc. However, the overall ideas seem to be pretty
much similar. 

(The lack of things like libexec seems like a serious deficit in the
FHS -- it highly unclutters user executable directories. /opt is
likely a religious issue which means trouble but if one anticipates
trouble it is possible to avoid it...)

Now, I have serious doubts that the NetBSD world would be interested
in changing how it handles its hierarchy, but the similarity means
that conditional build techniques would make it fairly straightforward
to make both a FHS and a NetBSD style file layout possible without
large amounts of pain. They aren't very different.

I have to learn more about how Debian package tools work -- I'd
appreciate more links to useful reading...

Perry E. Metzger		perry@wasabisystems.com
NetBSD Development, Support & CDs. http://www.wasabisystems.com/

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