Porter's Handbook: PREFIX and DESTDIR

Eitan Adler lists at eitanadler.com
Wed Jan 4 22:23:08 UTC 2012

On Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM, Warren Block <wblock at wonkity.com> wrote:
> The section on PREFIX and DESTDIR in the Porter's Handbook is unclear and
> confusing.  Following up from a thread in -doc, here are the proposed
> changes so far.

Thanks for working on this.

> Beyond some rewriting and clarification, I removed the mention of LOCALBASE
> sometimes being /opt, which is covered by saying it can be a custom path.

It may be useful to give an explicit example of what paths users choose.

> Is there any reason to keep the references to /usr/X11R6?

No, all references to X11BASE will be removed shortly anyways.

> is not clear, and was rewritten to
>  PREFIX should not be set explicitly in a port's Makefile.  Users
>  installing the port may have set PREFIX to a custom location, and the
>  port should respect that setting.
> Does that capture the intended meaning of the original?  Has it left
> anything out?

This is much better.

Eitan Adler

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