mplayer/mplayer-plugin question

Adam Weinberger adamw at
Fri Apr 22 15:07:00 PDT 2005

Jeremy Messenger wrote:
> On Fri, 22 Apr 2005 16:42:31 -0500, Danny Pansters <danny at> wrote:
>> On Friday 22 April 2005 20:21, Gary Kline wrote:
>>> On Fri, Apr 22, 2005 at 01:01:30PM -0500, Paul Schmehl wrote:
>>> > You should forward this information to the freebsd-ports list.  
>>> I'm  sure
>>> > they'd like to know this, because it's abnormal design.  The conf file
>>> > *should* be in /usr/local/etc and there *should* be a pkg-message file
>>> > that tells the installer what to do post-install.
>>>     At least a symlink to /usr/local/etc, and the post-install note.
>>>     This brings up the qauestion of the Powers-that-Be creating
>>>     symlinks to /etc/local (as a min) and /etc/X11R6.  (Should *ANY*
>>>     non-system GUI have its conf in /etc/X11R6/etc?  ... [*mumble*])
>>>     gary
>> No, and in fact it would be better if /usr/X11R6 were a hard link
>> to /usr/local, but this never happened. The /usr/X11R6 came into life  
>> because
>> of X IIRC and then got adapted by some X apps and then by gnome. So 
>> now  we're
>> stuck with two "3rd party software" trees/prefixes.
> I am hoping to get all GNOME stuff move in LOCALBASE someday when I 
> have  time. FreeBSD needs to remove one prefix either (LOCALBASE or 
> X11BASE) to  have a prefix.

MPlayer doesn't need X. It can run just fine in an X-less environment. 
Same with SDL. Things that _require_ X live in /usr/X11R6. Except for 
KDE, which claims that they alone are interpreting hier(7) correctly and 
*every single other X app in the entire ports tree* is wrong. Also OOo, 
but those poor guys have enough to deal with without trying to force a 
nonstandard prefix.

Personally, I'd love to see /usr/X11R6 folded into /usr/local, but until 
then, I think it's nothing short of retarded for apps to install into 
unusual locations to prove a point.

# Adam

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