Sun Jun 19 19:33:00 GMT 2005
Christopher Faylor wrote:
> My only concern is that update-alternatives in any incarnation might cause
> confusion for cygwin users, especially for something like /bin/sh, since
> it, AFAIK, relies on symlinks. That means that /bin/sh won't be runnable
> from the Windows command prompt.
> I don't know any way around this other than to make actual copies of the
> file or maybe make hard links where appropriate. Do any of the proposed
> packages deal use copies or hard links already?
No, they all use symlinks (the ALT-Linux version MIGHT allow one to
specify a "copy policy" for the 'link' in /etc/alternatives/, but the
link in /bin will still be symbolic. I think.
I guess this means that regardless, /bin/sh is NOT a good candidate for
an "alternatives-like" system. But surely others are, like the myriad
automakes, and "generic" services like /usr/bin/editor, emacs-vs-xemacs,
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