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Re: Location for user installed plugin libraries and icons

Hello Jon,

do you have a special plugin in mind.

I packaged several plugins for thunderbird and libreoffice.

They all are installed as root under /usr/lib and/or /usr/share. Some of
them has also config files.

So I offer we can work step-by-step to the packaging process.

Kind regards


Am 07.05.21 um 02:58 schrieb Jon Gough:
> The user install plugins can vary between very simple with a config file
> and a couple of icons up to complex with large data >1GB and hundreds of
> icons.
> So, if debs must not touch files in $HOME but is allowed to create files
> there (is that not a contradiction?) where else could the 'system' files
> be placed?
> Is there a process that allows the deb to 'clean up' the application
> when the application is uninstalled, in particular any 'install'
> artefacts that have been installed by plugins? Debs will identify
> dependencies that are no longer required when they are uninstalled and
> the system package manger will allow automatic uninstall of unused items
> if the user wants.
> The use of .local and .config is not an issue when installing, but it is
> during the un-install process that the issue arises. My experience of
> users is that they know little of the file system and only really
> recognise 'Documents', 'Downloads' and 'Desktop' as being places where
> things are stored. I know of users who upgrade phones/tablets/PC's
> because they become 'slow' due to left over items filling all available
> disk space. I am hoping to be a little more user friendly than that. The
> whole purpose of the plugin manager is to allow users to extend the
> capabilities of the application without having to worry about the 'deb'
> install processes.
> Most of the instances of the program will be installed for use on
> 'single user' or 'single user account' machines. The cases where a
> machine is 'multi user' will likely be developers or being 'managed' by
> ICT people so that will not be an issue. In normal user cases they will
> use a package manager to uninstall the package and will not go near a
> command prompt.
> Jon

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