Re: Alternatives entries for postscript/pdf-viewer
> as the sponsor for a package which wants a(ny) postscript viewer, I
> noticed that there are virtual packages for postscript-viewer and
> pdf-viewer, but no alternatives, i.e. there's no
$ man run-mailcap
$ dpkg -s $(dpkg -S $(which run-mailcap) | cut -d : -f 1) | grep ^Priority
These packages provide a reasonably small but not too limited
character-mode system. This is what will be installed by default
if the user doesn't select anything else. It doesn't include
many large applications.
Depend on postscript-viewer and mime-support.
> That is unfortunate, as there doesn't seem to be a good way to find
> out which viewer programs are actually installed
Actually the method that _is_ available is rather good, and per-user
configurable, unlike alternatives.
> Unless there's protest, I therefore will mass-file a minor bug
> against all packages which Provide: postscript-viewer or pdf-viewer
> so that they add appropriate update-alternatives calls to their
> scripts (Policy 3.10).