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Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 16:20:07 -0400
From: Charles Wilson <cwilson AT ece DOT gatech DOT edu>
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To: Earnie Boyd <Cygwin-Apps AT cygwin DOT com>
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"Gerrit P. Haase" <freeweb AT nyckelpiga DOT de>,
Jan Nieuwenhuizen <janneke AT gnu DOT org>
Subject: Re: ITP: netpbm
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Earnie Boyd wrote:

> So, I would like to see /usr/netpbm/bin.

But I don't want to go all-out on the "separate package tree" idea.

NO:
   /usr/netpbm/bin
   /usr/netpbm/lib
   /usr/netpbm/include
   /usr/netpbm/man
   /usr/netpbm/info
Blech!

YES:
   /usr/bin/netpbm/  << the only special case
   /usr/lib/
   /usr/include/
   /usr/man/
   /usr/info/

XFree86 has a long history of a fully separate tree, and autoconf macros 
and suchlike have dealt with it for a long time.  OTOH, netpbm has no 
such history (e.g. where to look for pbm.h?  where to look for 
libpgm.a?) so development files should go in the "normal" place.  But 
everything in the "normal" place under /usr/[lib,include,man], except 
for binaries in /usr/netpbm/bin/ ?  That just offends my sense of 
aesthetics...

Besides, we already have a history of /usr/bin/*/ that predates any of 
the mandates on http://www.cygwin.com/setup.html : ncurses-test-dll/ etc.

--Chuck

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