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Re: tetex-bin: rename texconfig => tex-config; consistent with other utilities

Scripsit Frank Küster <frank@kuesterei.ch>
> Jari Aalto <jari.aalto@cante.net> wrote:

>> | > It would be good if the configuration program name was consistent
>> | > with the other programs like apt-config, fvwm-config, gtk-config ...
>> | > so please rename

This is a non-analogy. The programs apt-config, fvwm-config and
gtk-config are all configuration *query* programs that installation
scripts for other software can use to easily find out how apt, fvwm,
gtk are configured on a particular machine.

On the other hand, texconfig is an *interactive* program that a user
can use to *change* system-wide parameters for the teTeX installation.

The only thing it has in common with the *-config programs mentioned
is that they all have names that match /-?config$/.

>> | I cannot see a consistent naming here.  In fact in /usr/bin there are
>> | only two without the dash on my system (vs. 12 with it).  On the other
>> | hand, in /usr/sbin there are 11 without it vs. 3 with a dash, and in
>> | /sbin there are only four, all without dash.

This actually reflects nicely the different roles of the programs.

But perhaps texconfig ought to be in /usr/sbin instead of /usr/bin.
One cannot do much useful stuff with it as an unprivileged user.

> Anyway, I don't see the advantage of changing names here:

I think it would be *wrong* to change names here.
Interactive configuration tools commonly do *not* take a dash.

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                                      universe to be a miracle. The universe
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