Re: Many executables across Debian's archives share basenames
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On Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:56:36PM +0100, Jonathan Dowland wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 06, 2017 at 03:43:20PM +0200, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> >(And while we're painting the shed, I'd go for a /usr/bin/im.d, with a
> >dispatcher script in /usr/bin/im or something...)
> Software Collections https://www.softwarecollections.org have a pretty
> robust way of managing this sort of thing.
Well, yes. But that would be painting the shed with an aircraft carrier ;-)
FWIW, if going that far, I'd rather prefer Gnu Guix  which also
manages the repeatable build of specific software versions.
But back on topic, I think in the current case (old, well established
binaries from X or ImageMagick) it just makes sense to live with
the inconsistencies (and keep the lessons for when we go for a
new system). Many younger generation (collections of) binaries
(ip, openssl, git) tend to do the right thing anyway.
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