[Debian-med-packaging] Bug#503367: Again: Bug#503367: plink: file conflict with putty-tools

Andreas Tille tillea at rki.de
Thu Apr 2 09:26:58 UTC 2009

On Thu, 2 Apr 2009, Daniel Leidert wrote:

>> Two questions are left on my side:
>>    1. On the one hand plink upstream claimed on their website[3] that
>>       Debian *has* renamed plink to snplink (which is not really true
>>       because the discussion ended without any real action).  But Gentoo
>>       went the same road to "follow" Debian.
>>       So there is one established way which is accepted upstream to
>>       handle this problem.
>>       On the other hand there is this other biological project which
>>       has a snplink as well.[4]  While chances are not really high
>>       that this software will also be packaged - you can not know.
> What about using /usr/bin/PLINK? I can't find a requirement in the
> policy to use lowercase characters for a binary/script. Maybe I missed
> it?

A Plink was discussed and refused [1] and finally *any* rename has the
same problem - it breaks existing scripts.  I personally would not have
a problem to use any case variation.

> Well, a NEWS entry is mandatory in this situation. I would further
> suggest to put this information into the package description too and
> of course leave an entry in README.Debian.

I'll do so.



[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/10/msg00642.html


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