commands with non standard name
Today I upgraded my potato system and found that xdvi with
Japanese support has changed its name as xdvi-ja.
I think that this might cause trouble because the basic tool
like xdvi may be called from many other applications as a
standard name, xdvi.
Perhaps it is very difficult to make every such applications
to call xdvi as xdvi-ja, i.e. different name from the standard
Other Linux disributions and/or *BSD can use /usr/local/bin
for such localized commands but Debian can not do like that.
So I think it might be much better that Debian use the standard
name even for localized commands like xdvi-ja but instead of
putting them in /usr/bin (or /usr/X11R6/bin), put them somewhere
like /usr/bin/ja or /usr/bin/ja_JP.ujis (or /usr/X11R6/bin/ja or
Then it is pretty simple to invoke localized command with the
standard name by setting PATH environment variable appropriately.
But, you know, the jnethack (nethack with Japanese support) is in
a quite different situation. It is usually invoked by a user
directly so non standard name like jnethack may cause no trouble.
So I do not think it is better to put EVERY localized commands somewhere
like /usr/bin/ja but I think it might be better that a maintainer
can select whether to put a localized command to somewhere like /usr/bin/ja
I am not a professional on UNIX/Linux so this might be only a funny
story but as a Debian user of minor country (?) I wish to hear an
opinion from many of you.
Thanks in advance, 1999.11.12
Debian JP Developer - much more I18N of Debian
Atsuhito Kohda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Department of Math., Tokushima Univ.