[ITP] words - Dictionary file

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis@SystematicSw.ab.ca
Wed Jul 13 21:15:00 GMT 2016

David Stacey <drstacey@...> writes:
> On 13/07/16 14:30, Marco Atzeri wrote:
>> On 13/07/2016 14:57, Ken Brown wrote:
>>> On 7/13/2016 4:17 AM, Marco Atzeri wrote:
>>>> On 13/07/2016 00:26, David Stacey wrote:
>>>>> On 12/07/2016 23:22, David Stacey wrote:
>>>>>> My good deed for the day. See
>>>>>> https://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2016-07/msg00129.html
>>>>>> Based heavily on the Fedora package of the same name.
>>>>> # noarch:
>>>>> wget --no-check-certificate --no-host-directories --force-directories
>>>>> --cut-dirs=5 \
>>>>> ${BASEURL}/words/setup.hint \
>>>>> ${BASEURL}/words/words-3.0-1-src.tar.xz \
>>>>> ${BASEURL}/words/words-3.0-1.tar.xz
>>>> it looks fine.
>>>> Added the package to cygwin-pkg-maint
>>> This needs to be coordinated with Warren's proposal:
>>> https://www.cygwin.com/ml/cygwin-apps/2016-07/msg00015.html
>> the two packages seem to provide different word lists.
>> In theory both can coexist
> Not as they stand - both packages provide the /usr/share/dict/words symlink.
> I've done a little digging. Here's where /usr/share/dict/words comes from
on various distros:
> - words - ALT, Arch?, CentOS, Fedora, Mageia, OpenMandriva, ROSA
> - bsd-games - Slackware (that's just plain wrong!)
> - wamerican - Ubuntu
> - Not present at all - Debian?
> 'miscfiles' is available on Debian and Ubuntu, but nether provides the
/usr/share/dict/words symlink.

On Debian, miscfiles and others provide virtual package wordlist which is
provided in /etc/dictionaries-common/; miscfiles /usr/share/dict/web2
is symlinked as /etc/dictionaries-common/words which is symlinked as
/usr/share/dict/words. Spelling and other dictionary packages also provide
wordlists and other dictionary types linked thru /etc/dictionaries-common/. 
Setup is by sysadmin selecting a language or variation. 

> Obviously, we don't have to follow any of that - this is just an 
> observation of what other distros do.
> How should Cygwin proceed? Is this a case for alternatives, or is that a 
> little over the top for a dictionary? Should one of the packages drop 
> the symlink? Do we need both 'miscfiles' and 'words' packages? Should we 
> drop 'words' if 'miscfiles' provides a superset of the data?

Debian does not use alternatives for this, but its own standard locations
and symlinks for virtual packages: alternatives looks like mainly tools, man
pages, some libs, icons, images, lots for Gnome. 

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