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Re: Intention to re-write /usr/sbin/install-info

On Mon, 1 Sep 1997, Mark Baker wrote:

> As I understand it theirs came first, but was very limited and not
> suitable for our needs. I don't know why we didn't make the interface
> backwards compatible though.

That would make things easier wouldn't it.

> That doesn't work, because install-info is called from the prerm scripts
> of many packages, and you can't expect all our users to upgrade within a
> month.

And I'm guessing these won't work with the GNU version.  Then how about
this, make a smarter script that checks for version specific flags and
calls the appropriate version.  A quick grep shows that they are mostly
using --quiet and --remove, so when these flags are seen (and I guess
some others, I don't have gnu's install-info to see the differences), use
/usr/sbin/dinstall-info, otherwise, use /usr/bin/install-info.  (Remember
the script is at /usr/sbin/install-info.)

This does feel like a hack though, so a better idea is more than welcome.
Thanks for pointing out my flaw Mark.

Script is below my sig.  Comments?

P.S. I don't know the specific differences between the two, so the to of
the gnu install-info man page would be helpful.

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# By Brandon Mitchell
# Note, not actually tested


for i in $*; do
  case $i in
  --remove) DEBIAN="YES"; break;;
# other debian specific options


if [ $DEBIAN = "YES" ]; then
  /usr/sbin/dinstall-info $*

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