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Re: minimum package name length

Tilman Koschnick <til@subnetz.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm intending to package the Cluster Command & Control tool suite [0],
> commonly refered to as C3. My package name of choice would be c3, but I
> was wondering if such short names are acceptable. Is there any
> documentation or general consent?

I don't know whether there is general consent, but there are usually
some people on -devel who speak up when a new package is planned with
a two-letter name. I think the argument is that the risk of a future
name clash is rather high, and existing packages with only two letters
are just there because they have been there for a long time, and it
doesn't make sense to change the names now.

Indeed a search on Google for "C3 software" gives at least a Chemistry
application (Windows), Cluster Command and Control, an Accounting and
Managment system for Associations and Communities (Windows) and some
educational software written in Java, with Websites designed for "a
more recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer" and a non-working
free (as in beer) download.

Therefore I'd suggest that you choose a longer name, but YMMV.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Inst. f. Biochemie der Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer

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