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Re: [Zutils-bug] fixing bug- conflict's between the zutil's commands and

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: Re: [Zutils-bug] fixing bug- conflict's between the zutil's commands and the gzip uility's (zcat,zcmp,zdiff etc...) whith the same name
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 17:31:33 +0100
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Hello Gilsan,

gilsan lpuser wrote:
       * replace the first's lowercase's letters 'z' of zutil's commands
         (excep the 'zutils' command itself) by uppercase 'Z', because of
         conflicts whith the sames commands shipped which gzip. According
         all the source code whith the news name (beginning now whith 'Z')
         of zutils commands.

Thanks for the patch. Yours is an interesting solution, but in the long term I am convinced it is much better for everybody that zutils replaces the old scripts shipped with gzip.

This question has been discussed previously at some places. See for example http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/lzip-bug/2009-08/msg00004.html "The obvious solution is gzip maintainer renaming zcat, zgrep and zdiff to gzcat, gzgrep and gzdiff. I wrote him, but he has not answered yet. I'll write to him again.

IMHO it is better for users a single set of utilities with support for several compressors instead of every compressor distributing its own tool for its own format."

See also http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=540232
"FYI, I had similar problems when I did the lzip MacPorts port under
Mac OS X. So, I suggested Antonio (the author of lzip) to separate
these utilities from his software and write a zutils package, that
would could support various compression formats. Other compression
software (such as gzip) should also drop them, in favor of zutils."

The only cause preventing zutils from replacing the old scripts shipped with gzip is the refusal of the current maintainer of gzip to rename the prefix of his scripts to "gz".

Best regards,

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