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From Greg Stein <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Mac OS X default path layout
Date Mon, 03 May 1999 09:13:21 GMT
Manoj Kasichainula wrote:
> On Sun, May 02, 1999 at 03:28:04PM -0700, Wilfredo Sanchez wrote:
> >   As for arguments 1 and 2, I'm all for doing the same for other
> > platforms so we're consistant.  But one thing to consider is that all
> > "other platforms" (I think?) are Unix platforms.  Except for
> > Windows, and I don't think Windows uses the Apache layout, though I
> > haven't checked.  Mac OS X is not a Unix platform, either, even
> > though we do have the ability to host Unix in the OS.
> What you're arguing (and I guess you *have* been arguing this for a
> while now) is that Mac OS X is really a different beast than Unix.
> But, what happens with the different Linuxes that ship with GUIs? I
> don't know Mac OS X well, but AFAICT, this same logic would apply to
> Caldera (and maybe the other Linux distributions as well). They are
> striving to be like Mac OS X; GUI environments with a Unix core.

Let the vendors deal with those issues. That's what they're there for
:-) We can provide tools for them (the layout idea was great for this!),
but we don't have to bulk up Apache to support all 50 Linux

You could use the same argument for Mac OS X, but seriously... that
platform simply won't ever use the default, so I don't see that it kills
us to have a different default there.

As to the point about users grabbing stuff from and updating
their distribution? Well... they better know what they're doing plain
and simple. Personally, I think they should go back to the vendor for
the update so that it fits within their system properly (or at a
minimum, grab an RPM spec file to build their update). If they don't
want a "proper" fit (i.e. those who don't like RedHat layouts or who
want to move it to /usr/local or something), then they can do whatever
they like and our default is just that... the default we've chosen.

+1 on platform specific layouts, where we use a general consensus to
determine what a "platform" means (e.g. *nix is one platform, Mac is
another, Windows a third).


Greg Stein,

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