dicom >> Location of dicom.dic (was: DCMTK JPEGLIB8 Error)

by Juergen Salk » Sun, 31 Oct 2004 04:36:11 GMT

Joerg Riesmeier < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote:

> In the source code package the data dictionary "dicom.dic" is
> located in "dcmdata/libsrc". After you've called "make install"
> the dictionary can be found in "/usr/local/dicom/lib" (depending
> on what you've specified as the installation prefix, though).

Joerg,

as far as I can see, dicom.dic is either installed in
/usr/local/dicom/lib if no --prefix flag is specified, or
in ${prefix}/lib if --prefix is specified, or in
${libdir} if --libdir is specified.

However, according to the Unix Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
(see e.g. http://www.pathname.com/fhs/) it's natural place would
be beneath /usr/share (or /usr/local/share, if installed locally),
since dicom.dic contains read-only architecture independent
data.
It seems there is currently no straighforward way to install
DCMTK in compliance with the FHS without kludging the build
scripts in some way.
I am wondering, if it would make sense to provide an additional
--dictdir flag, such that dicom.dic can be installed at it's place
independently of where the object libraries reside.

Admittedly, this is of no importance for local installations,
but fixing it would make life easier for Linux distributors who
intend to package DCMTK for their distribution.

Best regards - Juergen


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Juergen Salk wrote:

> I am wondering, if it would make sense to provide an additional
> --dictdir flag, such that dicom.dic can be installed at it's place
> independently of where the object libraries reside.

Thanks for your report. I will put that to our to-do list for the next
release. Maybe, the current configure options are sufficient:

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We will think about it.

Regards,
Joerg Riesmeier
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