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Re: Again: Bug#503367: plink: file conflict with putty-tools

On Thu, 2 Apr 2009, Daniel Leidert wrote:

Two questions are left on my side:

   1. On the one hand plink upstream claimed on their website[3] that
      Debian *has* renamed plink to snplink (which is not really true
      because the discussion ended without any real action).  But Gentoo
      went the same road to "follow" Debian.

      So there is one established way which is accepted upstream to
      handle this problem.

      On the other hand there is this other biological project which
      has a snplink as well.[4]  While chances are not really high
      that this software will also be packaged - you can not know.

What about using /usr/bin/PLINK? I can't find a requirement in the
policy to use lowercase characters for a binary/script. Maybe I missed

A Plink was discussed and refused [1] and finally *any* rename has the
same problem - it breaks existing scripts.  I personally would not have
a problem to use any case variation.

Well, a NEWS entry is mandatory in this situation. I would further
suggest to put this information into the package description too and
of course leave an entry in README.Debian.

I'll do so.



[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/10/msg00642.html


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