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Re: Packaging pd

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Packaging pd
Date: Mon, 07 Sep 2020 11:51:14 +0200
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Andreas Enge <> skribis:

> I knew that three letter software names are bad, but there is worse -
> two letter software names! I would like to package
>   pd - Primal-Dual Methods for Vertex and Facet Enumeration
> Now there already is a "pd" in Guix; are there any precedents on how to
> name a second pd? "pd-polytope"? "primal-dual"? "pd-primal-dual"?

I’d say “primal-dual” and mention “pd” in the description.

> Then is there a point in packaging it at all? This is more or less a
> one-shot research software, I think, with no versioning. So maybe not
> relevant enough? (Let us have this Wikipedia discussion!) In that case,
> I would like to add it to the guix-past channel, since I need it for
> the 10 years reproducibility challenge, so the naming question still
> stands.

Your call!  If you think Guix-Past is a better fit, go for it!

> By the way, how are naming conflicts between channels resolved?

The same as when you type, say, “guix build guile@2”: a warning is


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