Some files are installed by two packages (yet)

Anderson Lizardo lizardo at
Mon Jan 6 08:29:13 PST 2003

Tushar Teredesai wrote:
> >Some programs/files are installed twice (one overwriting other) by
> >different packages, like sh-utils did before with hostname program. Here
> >is the list (this may have some errors; my method isn't so accurate ;)):
> Has been discused many times on this list. The one installed later is 
> the one to use.

This mean that the last installed program is the best one? So there's no
need of a sh-utils-hostname patch, as net-tools will overwrite this.

I understand now why man-pages overwrite the original man pages of some
packages. But... what about the programs? I suggest:

1) make patches to each package and disable the undesired duplicated
package (like shutils-hostname patch);

2) OR put all packages in a order that the desired program/file
overwrite the old one.

IMO, the (1) option is more "hard" to do, but is the best, because the
order of the packages can change without worry about this.

Anderson Lizardo
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