CFT: new BSD-licensed sort available

Doug Barton dougb at
Sat Mar 17 04:08:54 UTC 2012

On 03/16/2012 18:47, Eric van Gyzen wrote:
> On 03/16/2012 08:25 PM, Doug Barton wrote:
>> On 03/14/2012 15:14, Jonathan Anderson wrote:
>>> In fact, the runtime behaviour of the Debian "alternatives" system is
>>> simpler than that:
> [...]
>> 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.
> Do you mean, why do they do
>     /usr/bin/vim -> /etc/alternatives/vim -> /usr/bin/vim.gtk
> instead of
>     /usr/bin/vim -> /usr/bin/vim.gtk
> ?
> Someone's choice of a vi-like editor would be considered configuration,
> so it belongs in /etc.

If that's the *only* reason then it seems to me that it would be better
solved by being able to express that in a config file in /usr/local/etc
which the alternate-updater script takes into account. But I need to
install debian for other reasons anyway, so I'll look at this in more
detail. Thanks.


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