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Re: Bug#790933: ITP: drive - Google Drive tool

On Sun, Jul 05, 2015 at 01:16:02PM +0200, Christian Seiler wrote:
> A good example for this is the open(1) command: way back when Linux was
> still in its infancy, somebody decided it would be a good idea to have
> a command to run something on a different virtual text console, and
> they named it 'open'. This is the reason why you have 'xdg-open' for
> opening files according to their mime type (and that command is not
> that known, because of its name), because 'open' was already taken.

On one hand, had xdg-open used "open" anyway, nothing of relevance would
actually have broken, since nobody uses the original "open" anymore. But
in 5-10 years time we might have the same situation again, when xdg-open
is obsolete.

On the other hand, "open" on Mac OS X does something useful today, because
they've made the pragmatic choice to break with the poor choice of the past.

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