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Re: [RFC] User Accesable Filesystem Hierarchy Standard

Scripsit Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von Bidder <avbidder@fortytwo.ch>
> On Sunday 28 March 2004 06.17, Henning Makholm wrote:

> > Most computers who have more than one user to share data between
> > tend to have *many* users, so one would quickly want a way to
> > share software between smaller sets of users

> There could be group home direcories, aligned along unix groups. Anything 
> else, I guess, is pretty much unsolvable, users would just have to massage 
> their $PATH manually, I guess with a proper configuration tool this should 
> not be a problem even for novice users.

One might reasonably hope that OSes and software authors could agree
on providing a standard way for users to set up themselves as users of
such tertiary roots.

When I was at the University of Copenhagen, I maintaned a "local root"
tree for our research group. It turned out that there are many more
environment variables than just PATH to deal with. We needed to set
EMACSLOADPATH, ... for each user.

Perhaps the best forward-looking solution would be to invent a new
catch-all variable, say $ROOTS, and encourage every other package that
interprets a ${FOOPATH} variable to support a common syntax meaning,
"try $X/share/foo for every X in $ROOTS".

Henning Makholm         "Nemo enim fere saltat sobrius, nisi forte insanit."

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