[RFC] Global XSLROOTDIR setting for belgarath?

James Robertson jwrober at linuxfromscratch.org
Sat Jun 19 20:15:53 PDT 2004

Kevin P. Fleming wrote:

> I had the need to build a copy of James' ALFS documents (guides) this 
> morning, and I needed to do it on belgarath. His Makefiles (derived from 
> the LFS BOOK Makefile) use a variable called XSLROOTDIR to point to 
> where the docbook XSL stylesheets are located.
> On belgarath, this is /usr/share/docbook/xsl-stylesheets-1.65.1. I found 
> this, and was able to build things without problems. I then scanned over 
> the LFS BOOK Makefile, and saw that it has this path (including the 
> version number) hardcoded into the Makefile, which is likely why James 
> chose to use a variable to provide the path. The BLFS BOOK Makefile does 
> not currently need this path, but when they move to the same XSL/CSS as 
> the LFS book, they will.
> I think it would be a good plan to:
> - standardize the LFS, BLFS and ALFS guides Makefiles to use XSLROOTDIR 
> _from the environment_, not a Makefile variable
> and
> - modify /etc/profile on belgarath to set XSLROOTDIR for all users to 
> the currently installed XSL directory
> With these changes, less-informed users (like myself) don't need to deal 
> with these issues, and upgrades to new XSL stylesheet versions don't 
> require modifying any Makefiles, just changing /etc/profile (which can 
> be done by the same server administrator that is installing the XSL 
> upgrade).
> Thoughts?

We can do that, or we can update our README or INSTALL files?  Which is 


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