CFT: new BSD-licensed sort available
bapt at FreeBSD.org
Sat Mar 17 10:27:07 UTC 2012
On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 09:08:52PM -0700, Doug Barton wrote:
> 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:
> >>> http://segfault.in/2010/04/using-the-debian-alternatives-system/
> > [...]
> >> 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.
As I already said I started working on something equivalent for freebsd:
http://people.freebsd.org/~bapt/alternative.txt but never found time to finish.
Why to symlink, this is 1/ because it concerns user/admin configuration, 2 it
allows to change it even with your /usr/local/bin mounted RO.
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