Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:31:21 +0400 From: "(GalaxyMaster)" <galaxy@...nwall.com> To: owl-dev@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Postfix 2.11 is ready for commit Croco, On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 03:16:11PM +0400, croco@...nwall.com 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. -- (GM)
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