>I can definitely see how placing libxxx.so in /sw/lib invites it to be overwritten by another fink package wishing another library version.
Actually it doesn't!! Fink very carefully manages the versions so fink will not overwrite a version unless it needs to, to install a package. This is ONLY in the case where fink is told that it needs the functionality of a specific version to be able to build a package.
and as long as I am dragged into this thread......
The fink project made a design decision to use /sw and not /local. This is good and bad, but a basic design decision so that fink can do ALL the package management in this directory branch. The problems with VIREX is that the developers used specific fink packages to build their application and during their install they overwrite things in /sw branch. This was just a foobar by the virex people and not a reflection on fink.
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