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Re: Conflict between GNU CS and FHS

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Conflict between GNU CS and FHS
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 17:47:16 +0100 (CET)

   I'm pretty sure the GNU CS is wrong here. There are very good
   reasons to let /usr be read-only. IMHO, /var/ would be a much
   better place for a sharedstate directory.

The GCS isn't wrong here, on GNU $(prefix) will be empty, so
$(sharedstatedir) will be equal to /com.  If one is worried about
old/broken systems that still use /usr, a simple fix is to make
/usr/com a symbolic link to /com or some such.  The reason why /usr is
broken today is simply because what it tries to achive can be solved
using directory unions so an extra directory like /usr isn't needed to
seperate data.

   2. Use %{_localstatedir} in place of %{_sharedstatedir} for apps
   that care about sharedstatedir to not violate the FHS.

Which would violate the GCS.

Happy hacking.

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