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

Daniel Leidert Daniel.Leidert.Spam at gmx.net
Thu Apr 2 10:18:59 UTC 2009

Andreas Tille wrote:
> On Thu, 2 Apr 2009, Daniel Leidert wrote:
> > 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]

IMO just changing one character is not good. But the renaming it to PLINK
- how the whole project is called, seems sufficient to me.

Further the article you linked contains just a user opinion and states
"no annoying and ugly" - maybe this should have been "not" or "so" - I
don't know. But it's just a user opinion, not a TC decision or

> and finally *any* rename has the
> same problem - it breaks existing scripts.

That's true. But I could imagine, that a rename from bin/plink to
bin/PLINK gets more support from upstream and maybe upstream then
is willing to implement this on the upstream side (use PLINK instead
of plink and make plink a symbolic link (or a copy at Windows)
for backwards compatibility).

E.g. the html-xml-utils author also changed *several* binary names
because of conflicts with existing tools on request (he simply
made a new major release 5 with the new names). PLINKs upstream
can't ignore the conflict. putty is not a program you cannot
expect in scientific pools. I would say: there is a good chance,
that you'll find putty in e.g. university PC pools especially
in those, also providing Windows as os.

Regards, Daniel
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