[maemo-developers] Considering /opt and MyDocs in your packages

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Thu Oct 22 00:09:16 EEST 2009
On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 21:43, Martin Grimme <martin.grimme at gmail.com> wrote:
> in my opinion, maemo-optify shouldn't be hailed as the
> good-for-everyone savior to the rootfs space issue. I see it as a
> workaround for software that cannot be easily relocated to /opt.

Agreed. Software which is written specifically (or, primarily) for
Maemo can be designed to either be relocatable, or installed into
/opt/<package>. This separates maemo-optify stuff (/opt/maemo/<path>)
from the more specific /opt/<package>. See, for example:

  * Bounce
  * Classic Gaming Wallpapers
  * Hermes
  * mClock (uses /opt/<vendor>/<package>, which is also allowed
    under FHS)

> Please don't get me wrong. optify is still useful and good to have,
> but everybody should bear in mind that it's only a workaround, and
> that relocating the software to /opt would be a much safer and more
> elegant solution.
> IMHO optify is OK for porting software from upstream, but if you write
> specifically for the N900, you should rather consider making your
> software easily relocatable eventually.

Hear hear!



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