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Re: Opposition to new single-letter package name "t"

From: Raghav Gururajan
Subject: Re: Opposition to new single-letter package name "t"
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2021 00:39:01 -0500

Hi Mark!

Yesterday, an obscure package called "t" was added to Guix.  We should
reject such short package names in Guix unless there's a very compelling
reason to keep them.

The problem with single-letter package names is that the probability of
collisions is far too high.  Due to the so-called "birthday paradox", it
only takes 5 such package names before the probability of a collision
gets close to 50%.  Given this, it's an act of extraordinary hubris to
claim a single-letter name for one's package.

We've already had at least one collision involving 2-letter names.  It
takes 26 such names before the probability of collision reaches ~50%.  A
few years ago, someone wrote a tool based on Guile for "programmatic
computer-aided design" and called it "Ao".  It turns out that name is
already taken by a cross platform audio library which is in Guix.

We have precedent for renaming single-letter package names in Guix.  We
have already changed "s" to "s-shell", and "v" to "vlang".  Let's choose
a longer name for "t".  Here's the package definition:

Makes complete sense. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. :-)

Any suggestions for a longer name?  Maybe "t-organizer" or

How about t-cli?

@Jorge WDYT?


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