Subject: Re: lpwrapper
To: Greywolf <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 03/20/2003 14:39:07
On Thu, 20 Mar 2003, Greywolf wrote:

> I think the point being brought up here is "why don't we wrapperize
> <x> to prevent third-party pre-emption of system utilities?" (MTA, DNS,
> printing, curses, the list could go on).
> To which, of course, the answer is that any utility that seeks to install
> itself wholesale in the same place as a system utility is at best
> pompously designed and at worst brain damaged.
> If we wrapperise EVERYTHING, we invite third party packages to be
> horrifically abusive to an otherwise sane system, and I, for one,
> do not think this is a well-advised move.  If we do CUPS, what next?

Yes, that clearly expresses the point I was dancing around. I too have
a problem with sending people to pkgsrc for every need, even while I
recognize our userland getting old and frayed. (We have one window
manager, no mime tools, but "fsplit" and "lkbib"? Who uses those?)