[GRASS-dev] GRASS extensions/addons mismatch

Michael Barton Michael.Barton at asu.edu
Wed Dec 14 16:26:52 EST 2011

My rationale is that I and others use the addons directory as a place to store our own bash/python scripts. These are not installed by g.extension. It is a royal pain putting them into a hidden directory and managing them there. Many Mac users do not know how to access such hidden directories. Even it you do, you cannot use the finder to do so without altering all hidden directories with a script. You can access such directories in the GUI file systems of linux systems I've used.
C. Michael Barton 
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Professor of Anthropology, School of Human Evolution & Social Change
Arizona State University
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On Dec 14, 2011, at 2:22 PM, Martin Landa wrote:

> Hi,
> 2011/12/14 Michael Barton <michael.barton at asu.edu>:
>> All directories that begin with a "." are by default hidden from Mac users. Since permissions and settings can be accessed in other ways, this is not a big problem.
> it's same for GNU/Linux, bear in mind that Mac OS has the roots in Unix :-)
>> But if we are putting addons into the same hidden directory, it is more troublesome.
> Why? Most of the application store it's settings / user data in hidden
> directories (GNU/Linux).
>> William has previously put this into the /Library folder as a visible folder. This is a much more sensible place for the Mac. So we need to treat Mac's differently from Linux, like we do Windows.
> On Windows we have different reason, directories starting with '.' are
> not used on this system. I would incline to install addons in the same
> directory as the settings (rc, wx, ...) - speaking about GRASS 7.
> Martin
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> Martin Landa <landa.martin gmail.com> * http://geo.fsv.cvut.cz/~landa

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