Users installing software for other users
Posted Apr 8, 2004 16:37 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
Parent article: The User-Accessible Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
I think what the proposal misses is that there need to be subsets of users. If a user is to install software for ALL other users, then he is a system administrator, and there's little to be gained by making him install his software some place other than /usr/local/bin.
But given a multi-user system, users might want to form groups. Everyone on a certain project, or in a certain department, maybe. Or maybe just everyone interested in a certain software package.
So the standard needs to provide an arbitrary number of public places for non-sysadmin users to install stuff that other users can get to. And those users need to be able to choose for themselves which of those places to include in their search paths and know that only certain stuff will end up in their search paths that way.
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