[Printing-architecture] Proposed filesystem layout for print ppd and driver files

Till Kamppeter till.kamppeter at gmail.com
Thu Aug 3 06:52:59 PDT 2006

So then I would say we go with my last suggestion:


  /opt/share/ppd/<supplier>/<manufacturer>/ be a symlink to
  /opt/lib/printdriver/<supplier>/ be a symlink

Local admin:

and the install scripts should by default (asking could be supressed by
a command line option) not overwrite files without asking the user.

Using /opt/share/ppd/<supplier>/<manufacturer>/ and
/opt/lib/printdriver/<supplier>/ for the symlinks should make file
clashes usually not happening. Perhaps we should reserve these with LANANA.


Christopher Yeoh wrote:
>>>"The directories /opt/bin, /opt/doc, /opt/include, /opt/info, /opt/lib,
>>>and /opt/man are reserved for local system administrator use. Packages
>>>may provide "front-end" files intended to be placed in (by linking or
>>>copying) these reserved directories by the local system administrator,
>>>but must function normally in the absence of these reserved
>>>(so it doesn't mention /opt/share explicitly but it seems
>>>like the intent is clear)
>>Does this mean that for third-party vendors only
>>is allowed and nothing outside of this?
> No, symlinks are fine, but probably should be installed as part of a
> post-install script with permission from the sysadmin.
> Just to add a bit of background, /opt/<vendor|package> was created to
> avoid namespace clashes. The ability to copy/symlink to say /opt/bin
> (and it really probably should be only symlinking) was added so user's
> paths didn't need to be modified for every package that was installed.
> So I'd like to keep the current practice of only installing into
> /opt/<vendor>, and creating symlinks from /opt/lib or /opt/share to
> make things easier for applications that need find the ppd or driver
> files.
> This, I think is the solution that best matches the current design of
> the /opt in the FHS, even though it is a bit more complex than just
> installing direct into /opt/lib or /opt/share.
> In practice, the "permission from the sysadmin" is perhaps not needed
> for the symlinking pppd files *if* something like LANANA can guarantee
> no namespace clashes. But packages should be very careful never to
> overwrite existing links.
> Chris

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