Re: jhbuild: better defaults

I am a beginner with jhbuild. But, I personally like the idea proposed by Thomas H.P. Andersen, as it builds a more coherent structure for the files to saved at. 
I also believe that, a bug [1], that I have reported, will prove relevant in this case. I will also be very grateful, if somebody can review the patch that I have proposed.


On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM, Thomas H.P. Andersen <phomes gmail com> wrote:
Getting started with jhbuild will be easier if we just have better
defaults. Specifically prefix = /opt/gnome is annoying. We have a few
bugs about the changing the defaults already [1][2][3],
recommendations for overriding the defaults for beginners [4],
complaints [5], and previous discussions here.

>From [1][3][4] the following setup is suggested:

 ~/jhbuild/src          - for checkoutroot
 ~/jhbuild/downloads    - for tarballdir
 ~/jhbuild/mirror       - for dvcs_mirror_dir
 ~/jhbuild/install      - for prefix
 ~/jhbuild/src/jhbuild  - for jhbuild itself (not really a default but

Defaulting prefix to a directory under ~ will make jhbuild usable out
of the box. No need to create a .jhbuildrc or fiddle with chmod.

Are there non-bikeshed reasons not to do this? Are there things that
will break so bad that the cost outweigh the benefit?

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