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Bug#141183: elm-me+: Please use alternatives for /usr/bin/frm

Hi Matej,

On Wed, Oct 02, 2002 at 02:34:36PM +0200, Matej Vela wrote:
> > Sure (sorry about the delay -- the package is orphaned).  We'll also need
> > to use alternatives for /usr/bin/messages and /usr/bin/readmsg.  Since
> > elm-me+ is the original implementation, and more popular according to
> > <http://people.debian.org/~apenwarr/popcon/>, how about priority 30 for
> > elm-me+ and 20 for mailutils?
> Well, how about it?  Status quo is no good:

I've been talking to Jeff about what the priorities should be. Jeff has
pointed out that the mailutils replacements of these tools integrate
well with the rest of the mailutils package: all of these apps use a
variable that makes them look/write mail where you specify in the
variable, including remote imap servers, etc. If installing mailutils
and elm made people use the elm programs by default, it could be very
confusing having all your mail apps but 2 or 3 support this variable.

We haven't looked if the three mailutils-based apps support the elm
features. Do you know off-hand? If it's just missing a few, I think the
mailutils upstreams could consider adding them. Mailutils is under
active development right now.

>   dpkg: error processing mailutils_20020904-2_i386.deb (--install):
>    trying to overwrite `/usr/bin/messages', which is also in package elm-me+

While we decide what to do, I guess I should add diversions for these
too, and switch to alternatives when we have a consensus. We need an
upload soon as we got a bug filed for a serious bug.

Jordi Mallach Pérez  --  Debian developer     http://www.debian.org/
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