Fwd: KDE filesystem structure

Eray Ozkural (exa) erayo at cs.bilkent.edu.tr
Tue Jan 15 01:51:02 UTC 2002

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Any suggestions for James? I think he ought to be using an own KDE build 
rather than KDE2.x debian packages for coding OR mimic the ugly kludges in 
debian packaging scripts.

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Subject: KDE filesystem structure
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 13:02:32 +0000
From: James Thorniley <james.thorniley at ntlworld.com>
To: debian-kde at lists.debian.org


I've been programming software with KDevelop for a while now and recently
noticed my help system has stopped working - I think this is since KDE 2.2.2
(i.e. it used to work with KDE 2.2.1). I have always used the variable
$(kde_htmldir) in the makefiles to install the documentation in the right
location, for example for my program kcast, the help file index.docbook gets
installed to $(kde_htmldir)/kcast/index.docbook. Unfortunately, the if you go
in to the help system, you can browse through the application section and
find my icon (I assume it works it out from the .desktop file) but it can't
find the documentation itself.

A little investigation shows that my documentation has found it's way into
/usr/share/doc/HTML/en/... whereas all the other kde docs are to be found in

The reason for this seems to me to be that the automake/autoconf (sorry I
can't remember which one it is ;) macro that finds the kde prefix has
obviously quite rightly found /usr as the kde prefix on debian, and then
assumed that the documentation path is share/doc/HTML/en. The problem is, for
some reason the documentation has been moved on debian. I could change my
makefiles, so that they used $(kde_datadir)/doc/kde/HTML/en for example, but
then the install would not work on systems like SuSE, where they use the
standard kde layout. Can I suggest that KDE documentation on debian is moved
back to /usr/share/doc/HTML/, to conform with other kde distributions? I
realise the kde maintainers are a little busy at the moment ;) so I'm not
expecting instant results, but I thought it might be worth sparking the
debate since it might involve co-ordination from application developers.

Any thoughts?

Thanks for reading (sorry so long ;)

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