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Re: Bug#108416: Bug#139957: period at the end of short description?

On Sat, Mar 30, 2002 at 02:26:21AM -0500, Colin Walters wrote:
> [1] Interestingly enough, '-' was chosen for Debian package names
> instead of '_'; I would guess this is becuase a number of Debian's
> original founders and policy writers had some influence from Lisp.  Or
> maybe they just realized it's easier to type :)

I suspect it's just to free up '_' as a stronger separator, for example
in package filenames.  I personally always prefer '-' over '_' if it is
available, and this might be the majority view.  All languages I can
think of that use '_' as a separator do so because '-' is already taken
as an operator.  I guess a statistical analysis of unix filenames might
show which separator is the most popular :-)

Richard Braakman

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