[pacman-dev] Alternatives system brainstorm
allan at archlinux.org
Sat Oct 19 12:15:04 UTC 2019
On 19/10/19 9:57 pm, Daan van Rossum wrote:
> * on Saturday, 2019-10-19 18:15 +1000, Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
>> /bin/sh -> bash/dash
>> /usr/bin/awk -> gawk/nawk
>> /usr/bin/cc -> gcc/clang
> Can we provide alternatives by means of sets of mutually exclusive link packages, using package properties that are already supported in pacman?
Sure - or we could have a system to handle it in a less obtuse manner...
What happens when a new package wants to provide "sh"? We need to
rebuild sh-bash and sh-dash? Easy enough, except that assumes that all
three packages are packaged by the same group. If bash and dash are
packaged by a distro and the new package by a third party, then the
conflicts provided by the distro are not enough. But an alternatives
system would work.
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