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

Andreas Tille tillea at rki.de
Tue Apr 14 12:35:23 UTC 2009


I try to resume the thread about the name of plink binary in Debian to
finally find a solution. Status:

   1. we can not use /usr/bin/plink because of the name
      conflict with the putty tool
   2. plink executable will be moved to /usr/lib/plink/plink
   3. we use a symlink to this place under /usr/bin/<NEWNAME>
   4. the issue will be documented in README.Debian,
      NEWS.Debian and the long description of the package.

The remaining issue to decide about is the actual name to choose.  Here
re the options:

   1. snplink
      Pro: Just announced by upstream as alternate name
           used by Debian (which is not true because the
           suggestion was never realised) and used by
           Gentoo (because of this announcement)
      Con: Another potential name conflict [1]
   2. PLINK
      Pro: Sound remains the same.
      Con: Not portable to files systems which are not
           case sensitive
   3. Plink
      Same pros/cons as 2.
   4. p_link
   5. p-link

I'd really love if we can find a solution together with upstream (in CC)
and I'd actually would wight upstreams opinion about this issue highest
according to the principle that it is not only a Debian issue but might
happen on any users machine who tries to install plink.

So please let us find a reasonable solution which lets us move foreward
to a policy compliant plink package inside Debian.

Kind regards


[1] http://www.icr.ac.uk/research/research_sections/cancer_genetics/cancer_genetics_teams/molecular_and_population_genetics/software_and_databases/index.shtml


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