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Re: /opt/ again (was Re: FreeBSD-like approach for Debian? [was: ...])

On Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 06:57:24AM -0700, Steve Lamb wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 14, 1999 at 10:12:44PM -0400, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > >     No, I knew what the rationale was and I don't agree with it one bit.  In
> > > short, their rationale is wrong and we're repeating the mistake.
> > Well, I'm glad we have you around to give us the unambiguous,
> > unquestionable Word of God on the subject.
>     Pardon me for not considering "Well, that's where they put it" a valid
> reason in and of itself when there are better places for it.  At least I've
> explained my reasonings which is better than your flamebait here does.

On the contrary, you seem to believe your opinion should carry at least
equal weight to all the precedent and tradition that conflicts with it.

I don't think anyone has asserted that the name and placement of /opt is
not arbitrary in large measure.  It does not follow that your equally
arbitrary assertion is of equal worth, because real-world deployment issues
are added to the mix.  It is arbitrary that (most) western languages are
horizontally aligned and meant to be read left-to-right.  It does not
follow that some individual's proposal to alter the orientation of these
languages is a desirable thing to do, *even if* there is no difference in
instrinsic utility one way or the other.

If the question is to /opt or not to /opt, then for interoperability and
compatibility our judging criteria boil down to a combination of democracy
(all the people who already use it) and meritocracy (the drafting of a
filesystem hierarchy standard by people who are generally accepted to be
competent to develop one).

You are a voice of one, and count little by democratic measure.

You also haven't contributed meaningfully to free software, as far as I can
tell, so you lose out on the meritocratic basis as well.  Your greatest
talent seems to lie in wasting the time of people who are actually trying
to make meaningful contributions to free software.  Congratulations.

That is why you get the chilly reception you do.  No one questions your
right to set up/break your own machines however you please.  But they will
challenge your attempts to remold the world to fit your personal esthetic.

If you really want to impact this issue, I suggest you attempt to join the
FHS committee.  I wouldn't be surprised if they turn you down, though.  You
seem to be more concerned with a kind of self-aggrandizing partisanship
than with resolving real-world technical issues.

Have a nice day.

G. Branden Robinson              |
Debian GNU/Linux                 |      Music is the brandy of the damned.
branden@ecn.purdue.edu           |      -- George Bernard Shaw
cartoon.ecn.purdue.edu/~branden/ |

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