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Re: GNU System Explanation

From: Barry deFreese
Subject: Re: GNU System Explanation
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 20:47:10 -0500

----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard M. Stallman" <address@hidden>
To: "Claudio Fontana" <address@hidden>
Cc: <address@hidden>
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 7:40 PM
Subject: Re: GNU System Explanation

   However, I do not understand why the need for the
   The packages could be directly installed in
   /packages/package_name/ as a real directory, with the
   same result.

That is right.  However, symlinks make installation and deinstallation
more convenient.

Also, the name of the symlink can specify virtual renaming of the
executables "installed" in /bin.  That's how you would make two
versions of Emacs coexist.

I still don't see how this is possible with binary packages. If there is an API/ABI change in libemacs (yes I am being facecious here) and both are "stowed" to /lib you can't execute both versions anyway. Or am I still missing something?


Barry deFreese (aka bddebian)

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