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Windows-like folder organization for binaries and libraries through symbolic links?

Posted 11-25-2011 at 03:28 PM by the dsc

Just another of those things I catch myself wondering sometimes, but I don't think that are important enough for the forums.

What if linux had folders for each program, more or less like on windows, but still had its "grab-bag" folders for libraries and whatever that may be used for more than one program, but instead of using it through a "$path", it had a symlink within the program's own folder?

Or perhaps it could use by default through something like "$path", but just in case you want to tweak the program a little bit you could place different versions of whatever in that folder (those would be prioritary), instead of having something like /opt, which seems to me a bit more complicated to do and tweak.

But I don't know really, perhaps that's just dumb, useless and gross. It would at least require a major re-planning of the whole folder structure standard, which is a good reason not to do it already I guess, it's not like not having it is hindering something very important. There's a linux distro that is attempting to do something more or less like it I guess, I don't know if it's "exactly" like I've described though.
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    There's a linux distro that is attempting to do something more or less like it I guess, I don't know if it's "exactly" like I've described though.
    Yeah, Gobolinux. I tried it during my distrohopping days.
    http://www.gobolinux.org/
    Posted 11-29-2011 at 01:35 PM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Code:
    $ mkdir test{1,2}
    $ touch test1/file1
    $ ln -s test1/file1 test2/link1 
    $ ls -lh test*
    test1:
    total 8
    -rw-r--r--   1 user      user         0B Dec  2 16:47 file1
    
    test2:
    total 8
    lrwxr-xr-x   1 user      user        11B Dec  2 16:48 link1 -> test1/file1
    
    $ rm test1/file1
    $ ls -lh test*
    test1:
    
    test2:
    total 8
    lrwxr-xr-x   1 user      user        11B Dec  2 16:48 link1 -> test1/file1
    
    $ cat test2/link1                                                              
    cat: test2/link1: No such file or directory
    $ echo "omg" > test1/file1                                                                     
    $ cat test2/link1          
    cat: test2/link1: No such file or directory
    Using symlinks like that would certainly be possible, but there would have to be a codebase handling the logic of "what if the target is removed? Remove the link, too!" so it didn't get insanely inconsistent.

    Not saying it *can't* be done, but it'd be a huge messy stinkpile cluster**** if not handled very carefully.
    Posted 12-02-2011 at 05:02 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
 

  



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