On 07/11/2011, at 2:20 PM, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
> Should the binary on the ham radio side be called ax25-node, or
> LinuxNode, or something like that?  Given a proposed name, I would be
> happy enough to assume I have your blessing and start sending patches
> to the node bug. :)

I have to pop my head up from my lurker-hole here, and say that I'm a more than 
a little confused, why a 15 year old application should change its name at all? 
 Even the Node.js wiki makes it clear that the application should be called 
Node.js 'to disambiguate it from other nodes' - it sounds like the developers 
are being proactive in notifying users that they picked a name which conflicts 
with other packages?

I don't know about others, but I'm not overly keen on the idea of reconfiguring 
machines which were installed last century, because a program which appeared in 
the last two years has the same name..  If you think about it, node.js is 
*much* more 'able' to change the name of its binary - it still has an actively 
developed community!  - I don't know about other folk, but I find it pretty 
darned hard to find much 'current' documentation about a lot of the older x.25 
& bbs stuff I have running on some of my older boxen - one of my BBS packages 
doesn't even appear in a google search anymore (god help me if the wrapper I 
setup in 2001 to make it telnet-accessible as well as dial-in, ever breaks ;) )

Although I'm curious why both packages can't just shove a Conflicts: in for 
each other, and be done with it?  Or just leave it as is, since they're in 
different directories, provided a nice big must-click-ok dialog comes up during 
install/upgrade to notify the user of the change?  From the AX.25 side, and 
probably at least partly from the Node.js side, the users are going to be 
fairly cluey, if not accomplished hackerers - having multiple binaries of the 
same name, in different directories in the path is nothing new (hell, we used 
to rely on it on some of our hosting servers - things like reboot, shutdown, 
etc were wrappered with scripts in higher-preferenced directories from the 
PATH, to make sure accidental reboots, shutdowns, rm's etc, couldn't happen, as 
explicit paths had to be used..   As for scripts etc, well, if you're not 
specifying the absolute path to any binary you're calling, you're just asking 
for trouble anyway!

Cheers,

DG

Damien Gardner Jnr
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