/etc/alternatives was RE: [Re: GCC 4 installation problem]

Michael Hennebry hennebry@web.cs.ndsu.nodak.edu
Thu Mar 26 16:18:00 GMT 2009

Eschew obfuscation.

On Thu, 26 Mar 2009, Phil Betts wrote:
> For the second problem, perhaps it would also help if the names of the
> links in the alternatives directory were a hash of the program name.
> E.g.
> /usr/bin/gs -> /etc/alternatives/9ad6a289eea9c92be09d3a5a8bc737e6
> /etc/alternatives/9ad6a289eea9c92be09d3a5a8bc737e6 -> /usr/bin/gs-x11
> where 9ad6a289eea9c92be09d3a5a8bc737e6 is the md5sum of "/usr/bin/gs".
> This would make it much more obvious that the links were managed, or
> at least give one pause for thought before diving in.

Michael   hennebry@web.cs.ndsu.NoDak.edu
"Nothing says it like words if you know how to use them."
                   -- Professional Organization of English Majors

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