[PD] Re: Mac OS X installer with library documentation

IOhannes m zmoelnig zmoelnig at iem.at
Fri Apr 1 09:03:04 CEST 2005

Thomas Ouellet Fredericks wrote:
> Are you sure it is better to store the extra externals, projects and
> abstractions in a user specific directory. Max/Msp for XP stores those
> in a common folder (I think c:\program files\common\max).

max/msp need not be a reference for us (esp. on windoze)
xp must not be a reference for us.

i am sure we need a system-specific path _and_ a user specific path.

the system-path is normally not writable by ordinary users (you need to
be admin to write to c:\programmes\common\max - at least on my systems
;-)) and people should not need to bother the admin with every
external/abstraction they want to be installed on a machine.

now you might say: but hey, i AM the admin of my box.
and i say: but nowadays even windows has multiple users, and the
multi-user concept is not only there to not grant the evil hacker the
right to format your hard-disk. it is there because sometimes a bunch of
people work on the same machine and they should be separated.
now hans says: but IO, you are the only one who is actually running
multi-user systems. all people i know (but you) have admin rights on the
machines they are using.
and i answer: this is no valid argument against doing things properly.
most people didn't think that they would ever need privilege separation
when they were using dos, and where did it lead us ?


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