--with-* vs. path*
oneingray at gmail.com
Wed Jun 11 02:25:37 UTC 2008
>>>>> Russ Allbery <rra at stanford.edu> writes:
>> Anyway, for the subdirectory Apache defaults to "/htdocs/", Debian
>> and Fedora use "/var/www/", and web hosters often extend that scheme
>> to /var/www/account.name/html/. IMHO the most consistent option
>> would be --httpdir=DIR, $pathhttp and pathnews/http but
>> --wwwdir=DIR, $pathhttp and pathnews/www also looks acceptable.
> Note that there's no way to tell Autoconf to create a new --*dir
> option; the only ones supported are the ones hard-coded into
> Autoconf. configure.ac files can only add --with-* options and
> --enable-* options. That's why INN has a bunch of --with-* options
> that ideally should be --*dir options.
Actually, I don't see the point of hardcoding a bunch of
directory names into the INN binaries. Considering that I'm
somewhat interested in running several INN instances, it's also
error-prone to have defaults matching one configuration, but not
Since the whole set of paths is configurable at run-time, the
only location that needs to be set at the .../configure time is
that (the default) of inn.conf. For the rest, the policy is
then to be as follows:
* every other location should be set in inn.conf;
* an error is signalled at run-time if a directory required to
perform an operation is not set.
Perhaps I'd have some spare time to provide a patch.
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