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Re: Bug#906250: ITP: execline -- small and non-interactive scripting language

On Sun, 2018-09-02 at 14:42 +0800, Shengjing Zhu wrote:
> Dear -devel,
> When I try to package execline(a non-interactive shell script)[1], it
> installs following binaries in default PATH,
> cd, if, exec, wait, ....
> Some facts:
> * These names are other shells built-in, but in execline these are binaries.
> * There's no conflict binary name in archive currently.
> * If I install them in path like /usr/lib/execline/bin, then I need to
> ensure this path are in everyone's PATH.

Why can't execlineb add this to its PATH automatically?

> I find this package has option like `--enable-absolute-paths`, but as
> a result it doesn't work as I expect. When I contact upstream[2],
> upstream thinks these binaries should be in default PATH.
> Any advice with packaging, can I install these binaries in default
> PATH(like /usr/bin)?

They should not be installed in the default PATH.  They don't appear to
be generally useful, and they are likely to be actively confusing. 
(Especially if you install manual pages for them all, which policy says
you should.)


> [1] https://skarnet.org/software/execline/
> [2] https://www.mail-archive.com/skaware@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/msg01225.html
Ben Hutchings
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