Conflicting filenames in upstream packages

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at
Thu Sep 18 19:57:01 PDT 2008

Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 09:41:38AM -0700, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
>> How do other distributions deal with conflicting filenames in upstream  
>> packages?  For instance, in Fedora we have coda-client and coq packaged.  
>>  They both provide /usr/bin/parser.
>> If other distros have a policy of name changing, it would be nice to  
>> start a list of packages that we're doing renames to so that we could at  
>> least have consistency between ourselves.
> Even more than that, I would say that all distros will benefit from a
> common place where to document the choices they made in term of
> executable renamings.
> On one hand, when a new package is going to be introduced in a distro,
> the maintainer would benefit from taking choices similar to those made
> by other distro. This would ease migrating from one distro to another.
> On the other hand, having an overview which shows how all distros
> renamed a given executables would be an extra argument in persuading
> upstream that a given naming choice was inappropriate.
> Would be a wiki page enough to get started with something like that?
Okay, wiki page created:

If other people here like the general format, we should go ahead and
announce it to our respective packagers and see if we can get some
useful data filled in :-)


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