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Re: EOL Check Hook Script?

From: Jan Hendrik <list.jan.hendrik_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 21:48:49 +0100

Concerning Re: EOL Check Hook Script?
David Weintraub wrote on 23 Mar 2009, 16:01, at least in part:

> On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 2:03 PM, Brad Stiles
> <bradley.stiles_at_gmail.com> wrote: >> The problem is the fact that
> Windows insists on using "C:/Program >> Files" as a place where it
> puts all commands. > > What version of Windows is that?  I've been
> using it since 3.1, and > I've never seen Windows "insist" on any such
> thing.  "Default to" that > directory?  Yes.  But not insist.  All
> you have to do is change the > folder when running the install (or
> copy it somewhere else if you > forget, depending on the program).
> Okay, you're correct that Windows doesn't insist. This can be changed
> via the registry, and I've done that because I hate the name. I would
> prefer C:/bin which shorter and doesn't have the space. Same with
> C:/Documents and Settings".
> However, Windows does not give you a choice when you install it on
> your PC where you're like to put programs, so changing it is
> difficult. It requires I believe two or three registry entry changes
> and moving the already established C:/Program Files to a different
> directory. Hence, almost all Windows systems use C:/Program Files as
> the program directory.
> And yes, you can force the installation of many development programs
> to install into other directories, but again, if you look at the vast
> majority of developer installs, almost all programs sit in the
> C:/Program Files directory. Many people who should know better still
> do it because it does put all installed programs into a single
> directory instead of being scattered around their disk.

Admittedly it takes a little effort, yet without fiddling with the
registry one can achieve that to a high degree. On all machines
here on C:\ there is just the OS, all applications go to a dedicated
separate partition (e.g. D:\), so everything is in one place and
"Program Files" can widely be ignored. It is not complete, but
except for MSIE and Media Player and probably some other MS
stuff also shipping with the OS I know but one program which
quietly put everything into C:\ - even though it offered the choice of
a different location at install time (only that there just some sort of
pointer ended up while C:\ suddenly was out of place for the
program's 300MB database).

It's not perfect as still many installation routines drop some stuff
into the OS folders a/o Program Files on C:\, but from the issues
about dependency seeking on *nix systems I read know and then it
doesn't seem to be a perfect world either.

Documents & Settings can be moved from system
setup/environment btw, no registry tweaking needed.

Jan hendrik
Freedom quote:

     Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards.
     They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order
     at the cost of liberty.
               -- Louis D. Brandeis (U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1856-1941)
                  Whitney vs. California, 1927


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