Proposal for KDE 4.0

Richard Smith kde at
Wed Aug 18 14:45:34 BST 2004

On Wednesday 18 August 2004 1:49 pm, Allan Sandfeld Jensen wrote:
> On Wednesday 18 August 2004 13:42, Stephan Kulow wrote:
> > Am Mittwoch 18 August 2004 11:51 schrieb Adrian Schroeter:
> > > > Now only imagine if we could convince *all* distributors that
> > > > /usr/kde4 is the right $KDEDIR for KDE 4. *gasp* I guess I should
> > > > start with SUSE ;-) (Coolo, Adrian, are you listening?)
> > >
> > > The current plan is to move directly to /usr for KDE 4. But maybe
> > > /usr/kde4 is a better idea. However, we will place it everywhere, if it
> > > is okay with the FHS and there is any official recommendation by KDE ;)
> >
> > /usr/kde4 is _not_ FHS compliant - $KDEDIR is dead, did I tell you?
> /usr/X11R6 has an expection. I say we make /usr/kde4 FHS compliant by
> making another exception.

The FHS says:

"Large software packages must not use a direct subdirectory under the /usr 

That seems pretty clear to me. But more to the point: why would you want to 
have a /usr/kde4?

Here's why I don't: some sysadmins like to do sane things with /usr/share 
(like sharing it across machines with different architectures), and you're 
suggesting stopping them. Plus, already, any C or C++ library package you 
care to include puts its headers in /usr/include/package, 
or /usr/include/package<version> if you're lucky. Why should we break this 
trend? I can see it causing only confusion.


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