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Bug 82213 - Please remove version number from %doc path.
Summary: Please remove version number from %doc path.
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm-build
Version: 8.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeff Johnson
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 2003-01-19 23:49 UTC by Han-Wen Nienhuys
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:38 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-01-20 15:01:43 UTC

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Description Han-Wen Nienhuys 2003-01-19 23:49:25 UTC
Description of problem:

tagging files with %doc puts them into /usr/share/doc/<package>-<version>
I want to ask if <version> can be removed from the directory name: 

since it is not (or should not) be possible to install multiple versions of the
same package alongside each other, <version> does not serve a purpose.

The <version> does make it a lot harder to refer to standardized file locations
 for packages. If <version> were not present, it would be possible to write the
following in a webpage:

  After installing package foo, you will find installed doco by clicking
  <a href=file:///usr/share/doc/foo/index.html>here</a>

The version number makes this rather painful.

If there is a reason for this, then  I would appreciate this being documented. 
I have searched in vain for it (actually: a manual with packaging policies for
RedHat would be much appreciated, MaximumRPM and the HOWTO don't cut it: they're
too low on details.)


Han-Wen Nienhuys

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2003-01-20 15:01:43 UTC
Look at %docdir.

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