Re: Intention to re-write /usr/sbin/install-info
On 1 Sep 1997, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> The only objection I have to the wrapper script is that it
> depends on the roots PATH having /usr/sbin before /usr/bin. At the
> moment, normal Debian installations work, irrespective of PATH
> ordering of root. We do not know how many sys admins change roots
> PATh. I do, my path setting script works on 15 different platforms,
> and uses perl to prune directories, etc.
If you are experienced enough to change root's path, then hopefully, you
will be experienced enough to solve an install-info problem. If not, it's
the user's fault. Is it our fault when the user sets LANG=us?
> People who need to install GNU software on their own, now need
> to add to their PATH variable while running configure and make
> install for the gnu package. By default, I think, GNU stuff already
> looks into /usr/local/bin before looking into /usr/bin (so even the
> path change will not be required).
So we keep an install-info that's different than gnu's version and force
the user to change their path whenever they want to use gnu's version. I
think this show's up not just from gnu software, but any non-debian
program that uses install-info.
> a) The number of people who need to install GNU packages on their own
> is a minority of the users of Debian (I do not have any non-Debian
> GNU stuff at the moment)
Ok, it's just a minority. Let's forget about them. While I'm at it, I'll
suggest that every cd maker discontinue making debian disk because we're a
> b) Most GNU software is already in Debian.
As I said above, I'm not sure this only a gnu problem. We do support
non-debian software to a degree don't we? (Hint: alien, rpm)
> So, to make things a trigle easier for a minority of the
> people, we are risking destabilizing the distribution?
Please point out where things are getting less stable.
> "What happened to the kaboom? There was supposed to be an
> earth-shattering kaboom!" The Martian
I've got that sound effect.
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