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Bug#363486: marked as done (dpkg: [update-alternatives] New categories for: WORD, EXCEL, MEDIA-PLAYER etc.)



Your message dated Mon, 8 Sep 2008 17:43:19 +0200
with message-id <200809081743.20397.holger@layer-acht.org>
and subject line implemented elsewhere already (or please file seperate bugs if thats not enough)
has caused the Debian Bug report #363486,
regarding dpkg: [update-alternatives] New categories for: WORD, EXCEL, MEDIA-PLAYER etc.
to be marked as done.

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If this is not the case it is now your responsibility to reopen the
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Package: dpkg
Version: 1.13.18
Severity: wishlist

There are many programs that act on a file that contains certain extension
or if they support MIME types, they look up the program associated with it.

The problem is that there are many programs to do the same thing. For example
Person trying to open "File Manager" must remmeber that the
esoteric names are

	xfe
	mfm
	emelfm
	worker
	krusader
	endeavour2
	rox-filer
	thunar 
	...

The same problem is with Office programs:

	lyx
	abiword
	oowriter
	...

The /etc/alternatives contains a good framework to canonicalize actions to
common names available in system and to control the preferred program.

SUGGESTION

Create new alternatives with names something like:

	office-word		or just Industry de facto "word"
	ooffice-excel		or just Industry de facto "excel"
	file-manager
	archiver		The X counterpart for Win32 "WinZip"
	media-player		For video		
	music-player		For music

This way numerous programs could refer to common program "music-player",
which the arternatives frame work would provide. The generic names would
also add simplicity to overall handling of the various binaries that
would hook themselves to the alternatives base.

Small window managers (Other than the KDE, Gnome, Xfce) would also
benefit from this, because they could use generic menu items and call
the "alternatives" name without the need to refer to certain binary,
which may not be installed.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.16-1-686
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ISO-8859-1) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_US)

Versions of packages dpkg depends on:
ii  coreutils [textutils]         5.94-1     The GNU core utilities
ii  libc6                         2.3.6-7    GNU C Library: Shared libraries

dpkg recommends no packages.

-- no debconf information


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Hi,

as one can read in this bug report, this feature is either implemented 
elsewhere (either via /etc/mailcap or via the Freedesktop.org MIME database). 

If one really wants alternatives (as in update-alternatives (8)) implemented 
you should file bugs against the specific packages.

Thus closing.


regards,
	Holger

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