[pacman-dev] Alternatives system
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Thu Apr 4 23:05:24 UTC 2019
Am 01.04.19 um 06:57 schrieb Allan McRae:
> On 1/4/19 2:12 pm, Andrew Gregory wrote:
>> On 04/01/19 at 09:56am, Allan McRae wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I plan to finish implementing an alternatives system for pacman post 5.2
>>> Any comments or suggestions?
>> "All alternatives are symlinked in /usr/bin so no need to specify the
>> full path."
>> Why? Arch puts all executables in /usr/bin but other users may not.
> Make the path configurable, if anyone ever asks for that. Or if they
> want a range of locations, extend it to allow optional full paths. And
> this will have some configurability with the --prefix or --bindir
> configuration options (at least in autotools).
I do think there could be use cases for alternatives outside /usr/bin:
What if someone wanted to use an alternative for something else than a executable?
For example something like /usr/lib/jvm/default comes to mind.
So using alternatives couldn't selecting a default java be handled by pacman alone, instead of needing a helper like archlinux-java?
(Or does that helper do anything, alternatives couldn't handle?)
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