Putting files into a /opt folder for cross-platform compatibility

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at ubuntu.com
Wed Aug 8 21:50:46 UTC 2012

Hi Scott,

On Wed, Aug 08, 2012 at 02:38:53PM -0700, Scott Ritchie wrote:
> Virtual GL is a program I'd like to bring to Ubuntu at some point.
> It's already been packaged by the Bumblebee project, however the
> upstream author doesn't quite like their version of the packaging
> precisely because it's policy compliant.

> Basically, the "normal" way virtualgl is distributed is by
> installing to a special folder within /opt, on whatever platform
> (Linux, Mac, Solaris, etc).  This makes the manual consistent, and
> allows certain scripts to run crossplatform.

> Would a sort of virtualgl-compat package that puts symlinks in /opt
> pointing to the appropriate files in the real package be acceptable
> for the archive?

No.  /opt is by definition reserved for non-distribution software.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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