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Re: lintian warnings (help)

Hamish Moffatt <hamish@debian.org> writes:

> On Mon, Apr 13, 1998 at 01:10:12PM -0400, Adam P. Harris wrote:
>> if [ -x /usr/sbin/config-bar ]; then config-bar foo ; fi

>> Therefore I decided this approach was superior:
>> if command -v config-bar >/dev/null 2>&1 ; then config-bar foo ; fi

> Don't both of these assume that config-bar is on the path?
> Although that is reasonable for /usr/sbin, if the path has changed
> as you hypothesise then perhaps the new path is not.

Yes, but you would also, hypothetically, assume that whatever the new
path is (i.e., /usr/sbin/debian or whatever nightmarish nonsense)
would *also* be on the path of any maintainer scripts.  This is part
of the specification of maintainer scripts that admin executables are
already on the path and you should not need to hard-code paths in your
scripts.  My suggestion, while a bit less readable, makes this more of
a reality.

Note that your objection applies equally well, even better to the
older, more commonly-used method:

if [ -x /usr/sbin/foobar ]; then
      foobar ARGS

.....A. P. Harris...apharris@onShore.com...<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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