Re: Random idea:
On Mon, Jan 03, 2000 at 02:16:16PM +0100, Niels Möller wrote:
> I suspect Debian's update-alternative suck the same way as the global
> file <-> tool mapping on the Amiga. System level defaults is the wrong
> way to handle user preferences (if I have misunderstood what
> update-alternatives does, please correct this).
I think you overestimate the purpose of update-alternatives.
Update-alternatives mostly exists to ensure that *one* awk, *one* emacs,
*one* vi is available under its name, even if several packages which provide
it are installed. Otherwise you had only emacs19 and emacs20, but no emacs
(as binary executable name).
User preferences are still to be set by EDITOR or ~/bin etc.