Re: Bug#190753: About dropping the ‘should’ recommendation to rename binary programs using a suffix to indicate their programming language.
On Mon, Oct 05, 2009 at 06:52:04PM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> Le Mon, Oct 05, 2009 at 05:04:06PM +1100, Ben Finney a écrit :
> > Charles Plessy <email@example.com> writes:
> > > My main argument is that it makes Debian installations incompatible
> > > with installations on other operating systems as well with on-line
> > > documentation.
> > That doesn't seem sufficient reason to avoid improving the quality of
> > Debian by installing command programs with sensible primary command
> > names. I'm in favour of keeping the current recommendation.
> > Note that I'm neutral on the idea of preserving the language-specific
> > name as an alternative. I don't think that would violates Policy §10.4,
> > am I wrong?
> As a user I strongly dislike to have to edit my scripts and command line
> sessions in order to make them usable for my colleagues, and I would be very
> annoyed if the first thing to do after installing a package would be to check
> if I have to change the PATH environment variable in my current sessions and my
> logins scripts.
The goal of removing the language suffix is precisely to avoid to have to
edit your script when the program is rewritten in a different language.
Imagine a large red swirl here.