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Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:31:21 +0400
From: "(GalaxyMaster)" <>
Subject: Re: Postfix 2.11 is ready for commit


On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 03:16:11PM +0400, wrote:

> I'd say that 'alternatives' is one of these "solutions" that solve some
> imaginary problems while adding new problems, and this time real.  Owl is
> not intended for people who can't handle symlinks manually.  'Alternatives'

You clearly are not building enough of packages then :).  'alternatives'
helps a LOT with autotools when one package wants autoconf 2.13, another
autoconf 2.63, etc.  Backporting autotools configuration although is
possible, but not feasible -- it's just easier to have the right tool
for the job, IMO.

However, a proper implementation of 'alternatives' is anther matter.
personally, I'm not very happy with most of the existing approaches.  In
my mind, such a framework should provide at least two options:

1. to set the system-wide defaults (e.g. when we deploy a hosting
solution for a shared hosting and provide several versions of PHP we
need to specify which one is the default one);
2. a non-privileged user should be able to set their environment
independently (e.g. if I want to use PHP 5.1 and the system-wide default
is 5.5).

Anyway, I kind of deviated from the topic :), sorry.


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