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Re: [kde] setting an /opt precedent, a twist

* Mikael Hedin 

| John Galt writes:
|  > 
|  > In that case, wouldn't most non-free software really fit better in /opt?
| No.  Not when distributed by Debian.  We go in /usr only.
| Yes, if distributed precompiled by the producer, that is the bet way
| IMO.

I disagree.

Example package: opera

The package follows Debian's policy and except for the fact that it is
distributed by Opera instead of Debian, it is just as good a package
as many other non-free ones.

What is the problem of placing the files in /opt/opera or similar?

$PATH.  Most users don't have anything from /opt in their paths, and
mucking around with /etc/profile et al is a bad idea.  putting a
symlink in /usr/bin wouldn't be any better.  Also, when a package is
installed, it should be available to the end user without lots of
customizations etc.

So, IMNSHO those packages should go in /usr as long as they place nice
and behave.

Just for the record: I work at Opera.

Tollef Fog Heen
Unix _IS_ user friendly... It's just selective about who its friends are.

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