Again: Bug#503367: plink: file conflict with putty-tools
in October last year there was a longish discussion about name space
pollution regarding plink. If you like to spend some time you should
read the complete log of #503367 .
I decided to put an end now on this issue to make sure it will
not remain as is for ever and renamed the entry in /usr/bin.
This is explained in README.Debian of this package (see svn).
Two questions are left on my side:
1. On the one hand plink upstream claimed on their website that
Debian *has* renamed plink to snplink (which is not really true
because the discussion ended without any real action). But Gentoo
went the same road to "follow" Debian.
So there is one established way which is accepted upstream to handle
On the other hand there is this other biological project which
has a snplink as well. While chances are not really high
that this software will also be packaged - you can not know.
So what is better: Just seeking for another name which hopefully
is singular and asking upstream as well as Gentoo to change as
well or live with the small risk to run the same circle of name
space pollution in case the other snplink will be packaged?
2. Is the information that plink was renamed to snplink visible
enough or should I rather use a debconf note to make users really
aware what they have to do?