Subject: Re: /etc/default
To: der Mouse <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
From: Michael Graff <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/26/1995 21:29:44
This is not a good attitude.  Hard installs of everything is one of
the primary complaints everyone who runs Lamex uses as a justification
not to join the real world.

>On the other hand, I hate that sort of "automated" installation,
>because it always gets something wrong...anything from assuming it's
>being installed in /usr/local/<package-name> to assuming the C library
>lives in /usr/lib/libc.*.  When faced with something with an
>"automated" installation procedure, I usually pick apart the install
>script, figure out what it's trying to do, and then do that.  In some
>cases I fix the install script, in some cases I do it by hand.
>Thus, I look upon the traditional-BSD way as an advantage, because it
>discourages attempts to automate installation that way.
>					der Mouse