use of /usr/local by packages (again)

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Tue Aug 30 18:35:59 CDT 2005

On Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 04:35:35PM -0400, Alvin Thompson wrote:
> thanks to all for the informative responses. you are right; the stuff 
> under /user/local mostly seems to be placeholder directories.
> while i agree that programs can and should look under 
> /usr/local/whatever to see if there is any firmware/extensions/other 
> stuff that the user added, i'm not so sure i like the idea of the distro 
> adding even placeholder directories--it should be up to the admin to 
> explicitly add them if needed. one person pointed out that the 
> placeholder directory is to tell the user that they can add stuff there. 
> i would argue that that's what documentation is for.

It is must more intuitive to simply create the directory, so that it is
obvious where to place the firmware.  This is simpler than requiring that
the user look up the location in documentation.

 - mdz

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