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Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 15:44:18 -0400
To: "Gerrit P. Haase" <freeweb AT nyckelpiga DOT de>,
Jan Nieuwenhuizen <janneke AT gnu DOT org>
From: "Larry Hall (RFK Partners, Inc)" <lhall AT rfk DOT com>
Subject: Re: ITP: netpbm
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At 02:38 PM 4/26/2002, Gerrit P. Haase wrote:
>Jan schrieb:
>
> > Today I've taken a look at the netpbm package.  Pierre Humblet, who's
> > listed as Cygwin porter, is not considering to contribute it as Cygwin
> > package, but was fine with me packaging it.
>
> > I've only done a few quick tests, from ps->pnm->png.  URLs below.
> > Cast your votes now.
>
>Thumbs up from me;)
>
>BUT:
>Is it possible to put all the binaries into a separate directory
>and not to flood /bin ?
>
>There are 223 .exe files (the scripts and .dll not counted)!


I'm not sure why this makes more sense for this package than it would for
any package.  So, to me, this is not a requirement for generating this 
package or at least not at this time, unless somebody can point out how
this package would be considered "special" in this regard.

In general, I don't see the advantage to having many "bin" directories,
at least insofar as it moves toward separate bin directories for every
package.  It would just lead to the proliferation of directories in PATH 
or many complaints on this list stating "I installed X but when I run it,
it says 'X: command not found'!!!"  I'd rather avoid either of these 
alternatives.



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