[tex-live] gellmu executable name conflicts?

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sun Feb 10 11:49:31 CET 2008

2008/2/10, Patrice Dumas <pertusus at free.fr>:
> On Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 06:41:14PM -0600, Karl Berry wrote:
> > The author of Gellmu (http://www.albany.edu/~hammond/gellmu/) and I are
> > contemplating putting gellmu in TeX Live.  As things stand, this would
> > mean several new executables (all scripts), with rather cryptic names:
> > ...
> Indeed these names are much too generic and too short. If it is possible
> to change with something more meaningfull (especially those with 4
> letters and less), it would be very nice. When I review a package for
> inclusion in fedora and I see such names in a shared namespace (in
> bindor, include directory or file, library name, package names), I
> refuse to accept it. Other reviewers may disagree and let it pass
> the review, but I think it is bad. I think we should care with existing
> but also future conflicts and teach upstream to choose meaningful names.
> I've been personnally bitten by these issues with tex4ht, though now
> it is fixed.
I agree that such cryptic names are not good. I think I do not have
such executables but I often define such cryptic aliases to frequently
used commands requiring long arguments. I can imagine that "mkg" may
be a good candidate for such an alias. If Gellmu is installed to such
a computer, its "mkg" could not be used from the command line.

> --
> Pat

Zdeněk Wagner

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