Re: Conflict/dependency granularity
Bill Mitchell writes:
Bill> The illustration which comes immediately to mind probably isn't a
Bill> good one. The spiffy color ls program provided with SlackWare (which
Bill> I personally don't like and would rather not install) really grabs
Bill> lots of people. Not available on your debian system? No problem.
Bill> Just let me mcopy it off to flopy disk for you, and you can put it in
Bill> In this particular example, the ls program could no doubt go in
Bill> /usr/local/bin just as well (though there might be a config file
Bill> which needs to go in /etc), but there are probably other examples
Bill> which need to go into /usr/bin. A cooperating system of programs,
Bill> possibly, which have it hardcoded to look for one another in
Disagree. Personally think it 'color ls' is a very useful program, both on
the console and under X11.
My executable lives happily in /usr/local/bin as my local config live
happily in /usr/local/etc.
Guess the main point is that there is a continuum from 'uninitiated user' to
'sophisticated sys.admin.'. We can aim at mostly error-free Debian set-up for
users as 'dumb' as we want, but the 'dumber' we assume they are the harder our
job gets. Gotta draw a line somewhere.
My 0.02$. Cheers,