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Bug#203560: marked as done ([U-A] /etc/alternatives/README: some alternatives are a big mystery)

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Package: dpkg
Version: 1.10.10
Severity: minor
File: /etc/alternatives/README

Some alternatives, if there is no manpage, and are crypticly named,
are a big mystery to users as to what they are for.  The most one can
to is to run strings(1) on the binary they point to.  There ought to
be a better way to see what each officially registered alternatives'
intention is.

And some plain have no man page and some link to
/usr/share/man/man7/undocumented.7.gz, there is no consistency enforced.

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dpkg doesn't provide any alternatives itself, therefore has no control
over their naming, documentation or lack thereof.

If there is a particular alternative you don't like, please file a bug
on the packages that provide it.

Have you ever, ever felt like this?
Had strange things happen?  Are you going round the twist?

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