Re: Intent To Split: netbase
>>"Branden" == Branden Robinson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Branden> On Wed, Aug 16, 2000 at 10:53:51AM -0400, Raul Miller wrote:
>> d) they don't know about an alternative command which is already in
>> their path. [For example: netstat -er gives the same information
>> as route.]
Branden> I don't think it's feasible for a standards body or a
Branden> package maintainer to make case-by-decisions on the location
Branden> of a tool based upon the functionality of every other tool
Branden> that might provide that functionality.
Taken to extremes, no.
Branden> This would lead to an unstable environment, where the
Branden> presence of route in bin would justified if and only if
Branden> nothing else could show you the routing tables. This would
I think I disagree here. Instead of laying down the law like
this, I would rather leave things fuzzy, and rely on common sense;
just because route provides routing information shoul not be enough
to move it out of sbin (I am sure one can come up with some reason
for moving every single probgram out of sbin, and thus lose all the
benefits of the split).
Branden> also differ on a system-by-system basis as users have
Branden> different packages installed. Should route go into bin for
Branden> users that (somehow) don't have netstat installed, but sbin
Branden> for users that do? It makes no sense.
route is in sbin. period. If people wat to see the current
routing status, they have two options:
a) add /sbin to your path, or type in the full path name
b) install netstat.
You can't please veryone all the time. In attempting to please
the semi-sysadmin power user you are going to remove a feature that
benefits the absolute novice.
Any semi-sysadmin/power user types should also be
knowledegable enough to modify their path variables. Or create an
alias. Or a symlink. Indeed, if you use it often enough, _do_ change
the path. But do not assume that what is good for you is good for
Branden> In other words, I think the choice of directory should be
Branden> controlled by factors intrinsic, not extrinsic, to the
Branden> program in question.
To a point. But I think making this an absolute rule is going
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