Felipe Contreras <felipe.contre...@gmail.com> wrote:
>David Aguilar wrote:
>> Felipe Contreras <felipe.contre...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> >On Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 1:58 PM, Johannes Sixt <j...@kdbg.org> wrote:
>> >> Am 21.09.2013 13:47, schrieb Felipe Contreras:
>> >>> diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
>> >>> index 3588ca1..18081bf 100644
>> >>> --- a/Makefile
>> >>> +++ b/Makefile
>> >>> @@ -1010,7 +1010,7 @@ ifndef sysconfdir
>> >>>  ifeq ($(prefix),/usr)
>> >>>  sysconfdir = /etc
>> >>>  else
>> >>> -sysconfdir = etc
>> >>> +sysconfdir = $(prefix)/etc
>> >>
>> >> Not good: There is a reason why this is a relative path. Please
>dig
>> >the
>> >> history, it's pretty clear.
>> >
>> >It's pretty clear it's *not* a relative path.
>> >
>> >What is relative about 'sysconfdir = /etc'?
>> 
>> Thanks Johannes. Felipe, the history and this comment from the
>makefile should shed some light on it:
>> 
>> # Among the variables below, these:
>> #   gitexecdir
>> #   template_dir
>> #   sysconfdir
>> # can be specified as a relative path some/where/else;
>> # this is interpreted as relative to $(prefix) and "git" at
>> # runtime figures out where they are based on the path to the
>executable.
>
>They *can* be, but not necessarily so, and in particular sysconfig for
>probably
>99% of the users is not relative, it's /etc.

This makes Git relocatable. MsysGit has many more users then developers, and 
represents a pretty large chunk of users. 

-- 
David
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