Re: Compiling and installing third party gnome apps...

On Mon, 2003-01-13 at 11:12, MArk Finlay wrote:
> /usr/local is a different PREFIX to /usr. The Gnu standard is to use
> /usr/local, the Redhat-compatible standard is to use /usr. If you
> install gnome into /usr it will pick up applications in /usr. The same
> is true for /usr/local or /opt/gnome2 or any PREFIX you can dream up.
> So my advice is to install your apps into /usr with 
> ./configure --prefix=/usr

Erk, this isn't very good advice, I'm afraid.  There don't seem to be a
lot of applications with a working, complete 'make uninstall' target. 
So, if you install things into /usr, you're pretty much stuck with them
forever.  If you're not going to use a real package management system,
installing things into some prefix that you don't mind wiping out from
time to time is the best solution.  
If you want to have GNOME installed into multiple prefixes, you should
be able to set the 'GNOME_PATH' environmental variable (it's a colon
separated list) to all of the paths where pieces of GNOME are
installed.  The downsides are that a few things don't obey this variable
(the panel menus being the most notable one).

Gregory Leblanc <gleblanc linuxweasel com>

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