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Re: List packages Status column terminology

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: Re: List packages Status column terminology
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:53:45 +0100
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() Sivaram Neelakantan <address@hidden>
() Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:26:57 +0530

   Why use the word 'available' instead of 'install'?

Short answer:
Mixing adjectives and verbs is inelegant.  Too, verbs portend entropy.

Long answer:
Both "available" and "installed" are adjectives (of same length --
green-screen bonus!).  Adjectives are suitable for describing things.

The word "install" is a verb, i.e., names an action.  Other actions
might be "uninstall", "remove", "leave-be", "gripe", "recommend",
"ponder", "examine", "reinstall", etc.  To my eyes, the "etc" is most
important; it implies a need for (detailed) documentation, and the
feeping creature of hyperlinks.

Whimsical answer:
do be do be do,
be do be do be!
in my heart i knew
that two requires three?

Thien-Thi Nguyen
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