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2Title: Consistent Gentoo tool naming scheme 2Title: Consistent Gentoo tool naming scheme
3Version: $Revision: 1.1 $ 3Version: $Revision: 1.2 $
4Last-Modified: $Date: 2004/03/17 14:17:26 $ 4Last-Modified: $Date: 2004/03/17 14:27:06 $
5Author: Donnie Berkholz <spyderous@gentoo.org>, 5Author: Donnie Berkholz <spyderous@gentoo.org>,
6Status: Draft 6Status: Draft
7Type: Standards 7Type: Standards
8Content-Type: text/x-rst 8Content-Type: text/x-rst
9Created: 16 March 2004 9Created: 16 March 2004
35============= 35=============
36 36
37The following packages and tools are affected (gentoo- prefix removed for ease 37The following packages and tools are affected (gentoo- prefix removed for ease
38of reading, current name follows suggested name):: 38of reading, current name follows suggested name)::
39 39
40::
41
42 config-kernel 40 config-kernel
43 x11-base/opengl-update -> config-opengl (opengl-update) 41 x11-base/opengl-update -> config-opengl (opengl-update)
44 sys-devel/distcc -> config-distcc (distcc-config) 42 sys-devel/distcc -> config-distcc (distcc-config)
45 app-admin/zope-config -> config-zope (zope-config) 43 app-admin/zope-config -> config-zope (zope-config)
46 app-sci/blas-config -> config-blas (blas-config) 44 app-sci/blas-config -> config-blas (blas-config)
57 55
58 56
59Rationale 57Rationale
60========= 58=========
61 59
62Three primary options were presented for the naming scheme:: 60Three primary options were presented for the naming scheme:
63 61
64* The current scheme, *-config and *-update. This scheme makes finding a 62* The current scheme, \*-config and \*-update. This scheme makes finding a
65 tool difficult, since there is no consistency in the beginning of the name. 63 tool difficult, since there is no consistency in the beginning of the name.
66 However, it may be easier for people who already know such a tool exists and 64 However, it may be easier for people who already know such a tool exists and
67 remember that its name correlates with the package to be configured (except 65 remember that its name correlates with the package to be configured (except
68 in the case of many of the *-update tools). 66 in the case of many of the \*-update tools).
69 67
70* A slightly modified version of the proposed scheme, with an abbreviated 68* A slightly modified version of the proposed scheme, with an abbreviated
71 prefix, shorter than gentoo-*. For example, the current gcc-config would 69 prefix, shorter than gentoo-\*. For example, the current gcc-config would
72 become gen-config-gcc or g-config-gcc. Although this is shorter to type, the 70 become gen-config-gcc or g-config-gcc. Although this is shorter to type, the
73 availability of tab completion renders that point largely moot. It may also 71 availability of tab completion renders that point largely moot. It may also
74 contribute to confusion through inexact specification of what it is. 72 contribute to confusion through inexact specification of what it is.
75 73
76* The proposed scheme, gentoo-{config,update}-*. It provides a streamlined way 74* The proposed scheme, gentoo-{config,update}-\*. It provides a streamlined way
77 to discover and use various Gentoo-specific tools, even if one does not 75 to discover and use various Gentoo-specific tools, even if one does not
78 remember the exact name. A minor downside is the length of the names, but 76 remember the exact name. A minor downside is the length of the names, but
79 again this caveat is largely moot because of tab completion. 77 again this caveat is largely moot because of tab completion.
80 78
81In an example of another distribution, Red Hat moved to a redhat-config-* 79In an example of another distribution, Red Hat moved to a redhat-config-\*
82scheme within the past couple of years to provide more consistent and 80scheme within the past couple of years to provide more consistent and
83easier-to-find tools. 81easier-to-find tools.
84 82
85After two discussions on gentoo-dev, the majority favored this unified prefix 83After two discussions on gentoo-dev, the majority favored this unified prefix
86for the tools, with a minority in objection, variously favoring one of the 84for the tools, with a minority in objection, variously favoring one of the

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