tech-ctte: please help maintainers of packages with a "node" command to have a reasonable conversation
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Dear Technical Committee,
The "node" and "nodejs" packages both provide a command named "node".
The command in the node package is in /usr/sbin; the command in nodejs
is in /usr/bin. Both are very important commands that are widely used
in their respective communities. Both have, in my humble opinion, too
generic of a name. When I heard there was a command named "node", I
thought it was going to be a tool for making posts to everything2.com!
In the long term, I would be happiest if both were renamed.
Unfortunately, both have wide current usage.
1. /usr/sbin/node from the node package is a server used in inetd and
ax25d configuration files to support packet radio networks somehow.
I am not a subject matter expert, so I cannot say much more.
lines like this:
and in scripts like this:
In cases like this, Debian policy says that the question should be
taken up on debian-devel and a consensus should determine which
package gets to keep the name. I believe a consensus really is
forming, but it is hard to respect that given that I don't understand
Pat Ouellette's objections very well. You can find snippets of the
(long running) conversation in various places:
My personal bias is that I would prefer if the technical committee
does *not* have to decide which package gets the command. I think
that once the stonewalling is over and people start actually trying to
work on a fix, we might run into technical complications and it would
be useful if the maintainers involved feel free to adapt and discuss
with one another appropriate fixes.
Unfortunately, I think  illustrates that the participants are not
willing to discuss reasonably any more.
I'd be happy to talk about work so far, transition plans,
complications and possible ways forward in a separate message.