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David Paleino 02-09-2008 05:48 PM

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Hi *,
some time ago I've made an ITP for gnome-translate [1], which depends on
libtranslate, who already had two ITPs which I took over [2].
This latter package provides some binary packages, among which there is
"libtranslate-bin", which installs a "translate" executable
in /usr/bin/. But there already exist a /usr/bin/translate, and it's provided
by the "translate" package, maintained by Anibal Monsalve Salazar <anibal>.
I've already filed a bug against his package to see what to do [3].

The problem is that "translate" by <anibal> does only de<->en translations,
while "my" translate offers a wider range of options and conversions (and it's
expandable, through a XML configuration file). Thus I don't believe that using
the alternatives system (which, I admit, I cannot use, since I never needed it
for my packages) would be a suitable solution. This is way I suggested him to
rename his binary to something less generic than "translate".

Is this the Right Way to behave? And what if <anibal> doesn't reply to that
bug? Should I file my RFS nevertheless, thus expecting a RC bug filed? Should I
rename my binary (and to what? "translate-generic"?!)?

Any suggestion/idea/* is very welcome.

Kindly,
David

[1] #462936
[2] #292907 and #418329
[3] #464034

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Frans Pop 02-09-2008 06:20 PM

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David Paleino wrote:
> Any suggestion/idea/* is very welcome.

As your program is gnome-only I don't think you can even claim to be
more "generic" than the current translate.

How about using gtranslate for your binary?

Cheers,
FJP


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sean finney 02-09-2008 06:28 PM

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hi,

On Saturday 09 February 2008 07:48:08 pm David Paleino wrote:
> Is this the Right Way to behave? And what if <anibal> doesn't reply to that
> bug? Should I file my RFS nevertheless, thus expecting a RC bug filed?
> Should I rename my binary (and to what? "translate-generic"?!)?

while i don't have any specific knowledge or interest in the details of this
particular problem, i'd just add since you haven't mentioned it as an
alternative that you could always Conflict with the package in question while
waiting for a resolution.


sean

David Paleino 02-09-2008 06:42 PM

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Il giorno Sat, 09 Feb 2008 20:20:43 +0100
Frans Pop <elendil@planet.nl> ha scritto:

> David Paleino wrote:
> > Any suggestion/idea/* is very welcome.
>
> As your program is gnome-only I don't think you can even claim to be
> more "generic" than the current translate.
>
> How about using gtranslate for your binary?

"My" program is not GNOME-specific. You're confusing it with gnome-translate,
which is a GUI to libtranslate, which is the package we're talking about
(yes, libtranslate provides a CLI command, which is "translate") ;)

Regards,
David

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