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/usr/local vs. /opt



Is there a standard or rule-of-thumb regarding location of non-distribution 
software packages?  I've read the HFS spec, but I'm still not clear on this.

Some packages, both RPM-based and tarballs, want to install in /opt and others 
in /usr/local.  I don't perceive a pattern to where a given type of 
installation prefers to install its files.

Given a choice in locations, where should I opt to install RPM packages, and 
where should non-RPM software go?

Thanks.


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