Non-standard X11 Paths

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at
Fri Jun 15 13:20:45 PDT 2007

Dan Nicholson wrote:
> On 6/12/07, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at> wrote:
>> Dan Nicholson wrote:
>>> Currently there are a couple issues with packages finding X11
>>> components when they are installed to non-standard locations. 

>>> Thoughts?

>> My head hurts.  Lets regroup and summarize the issues.

Thanks Dan.  That was a very good summary.

The reason I don't like /usr is that it makes if very difficult to
isolate the X11 package.  I think that isolating the package is a very
big advantage for LFS builders.  It allows building multiple versions
and switching between them with simple symlinks.

To a more conventional distribution, using /usr may make sense.  There
the upgrades are made via package managers and these upgrades have
already been well tested.  The need for backing up is far less than for

I have no problem with having methods in the book for both /usr and some
other location.  For me, I will continue to avoid /usr for the extensive
applications like X11, qt, kde, etc.

  -- Bruce

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