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17.5 How Do I #define Installation Directories?

My program needs library files, installed in datadir and
similar.  If I use

                   [Define to the read-only architecture-independent
                    data directory.])

I get

#define DATADIR "${prefix}/share"

As already explained, this behavior is on purpose, mandated by the GNU Coding Standards, see 4.7.2 Installation Directory Variables. There are several means to achieve a similar goal:

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