Re: Alternative program versions (eg vi)
Ian Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> update-alternatives is available in dpkg 0.93.72, which will be
> available as soon as I have uploaded it. How to use the script is
> probably best described by example - see below.
> Maintainers of vi packages and other similar software should upgrade
> ASAP and try it out. If there are no serious problems found they
> should update their packages to use the new scheme ASAP - ie, delete
> any special-case code for handling /usr/bin/vi and use this script
This seems like it'll require a lot of coordination between maintainers.
What about a conflictor who mistakenly ignores this and installs his
program directly into the place where this had put a link?
Is this now mandated?
If this is now mandated, will the priority-assigner please advise me
what priority I should be using for elvis (installs alternatives vi,
ex, input, and view in usr/bin and vi.1, ex.1, input.1, and view.1 in
/usr/man/man1) -- other vi clones install other alternatives to
some of these.
Also, please advise me what priority I should be using for elv-fmt
(installs alternative /usr/bin/fmt and slave /usr/man/man1/fmt.1)
-- the textutils package installs an alternative to this.
Also, what's the status of cpio:mt vs. mt-st:mt? If I need
priority numbers for alternative /usr/bin/mt and slave
/usr/man/man1/mt.1 for the mt-st package, please provide those
As far as I know offhand, those are the only cases where this will impact
my packages (but then, you never know when a new conflictor will appear).