Subject RE: [firebird-support] Setup script for Unix FHS 2.3 compliance
Author Rick Debay
The quoted text is from a June 2005 revision, but I don't know why it's
in there. Back in late 2000 Red Hat (they've claimed compliance since
Enterprise Linux 4) and Debian had a disagreement with Suse over who was
the most compliant with FHS. I know that most of the big distributions
(Debian, Redhat, Slackware, Suse to name a few) try to be compliant, and
are encouraging package owners to modify their code.

Regardless, I'm attempting to modify my Firebird installation to comply.
My test box started cooperating again, so I was able to test and fix
several permission problems. If anyone knows why the target directory
of a softlink needs execute permissions I'd love to know!

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Ann W. Harrison
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 11:03 AM
Subject: Re: [firebird-support] Setup script for Unix FHS 2.3 compliance

Rick Debay wrote:
> My goal is to allow /opt to be read-only. The File system Hierarchy
> Standard supports this by requiring any lock, configuration, and
> variable files to be located outside of /opt.

In case anyone confuses "Standard" with "common practice", here's a
excerpt from the Wikipedia on the File System Hierarchy

"The FHS is maintained by the Free Standards Group, a non-profit
organization consisting of major software and hardware vendors, such as
HP, Red Hat, IBM and Dell. Still, the vast majority of the Linux
distributions, including those developed by members of the Free
Standards Group, do not follow this proposed standard."

The phrase "do not follow" is an understatement. On most Linux systems,
you can't install a layered software product in the manner required by
the FHS. Having a different installation for each Linux distribution is
not fun.



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