CFT: new BSD-licensed sort available

Doug Barton dougb at
Sat Mar 17 01:25:30 UTC 2012

On 03/14/2012 15:14, Jonathan Anderson wrote:
> In fact, the runtime behaviour of the Debian "alternatives" system is simpler than that:
> The custom Perl script with a config file is used to set up symlinks, which at runtime are... well, just symlinks. For instance, /usr/bin/vim is a symlink to /etc/alternatives/vim, which is itself a symlink to a binary like vim.gtk (example shamelessly stolen from the linked page, since I no longer have any Debian boxes to check for myself on :). No magic binaries or argv[0] fu.

This sounds like a good solution to more than one problem. Does anyone
know why they indirect through 2 sets of symlinks? That article doesn't
touch on the "why?" only the what.



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