tab completion less useful now, due to sbin in path

Callum Lerwick seg at haxxed.com
Fri Oct 10 20:13:54 UTC 2008


On Fri, 2008-10-10 at 08:34 +0000, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> Callum Lerwick <seg <at> haxxed.com> writes:
> > Wouldn't work. You'd either have one package with a mess of dangling
> > symlinks, or you'd need a symlink package per main package which would
> > be as much or more work than just putting it in the main package to
> > begin with.
> 
> That's why Les said "if the target executable doesn't exist you aren't any 
> worse off with the symlink than without". Now that's a statement one can agree 
> or disagree with. I for one think having stuff in /usr/bin which points nowhere 
> is broken and it could actually make tab completion even less useful than the 
> status quo (depending on how smart the tab completion is with respect to broken 
> symlinks). So I think that, while this wasn't necessarily a bad idea in 
> principle, in practice (as you say) it won't work.

Well I was thinking more in terms of violating packaging guidelines.
rpmlint complains loudly about dangling symlinks. It could very well
*technically* work.
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