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Bug#292759: marked as forwarded (gettext-base: installs weird file /usr/

Subject: Bug#292759: marked as forwarded gettext-base: installs weird file /usr/bin/gettext.sh
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Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 04:18:17 -0800
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From: Santiago Vila <[email protected]>
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Subject: gettext-base: installs weird file /usr/bin/gettext.sh (fwd)
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This is the issue of gettext.sh being in /usr/bin, which has been
reported again as a bug. There is a long thread here:


but you can skip most of the messages and read the one by Anthony Towns.

To summarize, this is what most debian people seem to think:

* The FHS says /usr/bin is only for executables.
* gettext.sh is not to be used by an ordinary user, only to be sourced
  by shell scripts.
* shell functions like this should not need to be in the PATH
  and should be sourced with an absolute path.

I would like to follow FHS, and I would also like not to deviate from the
upstream package, but apparently I will not be able to do both anymore.

This is going to be a real pity because so far the only patches included
in the Debian gettext package are either libtool/automake/autoconf updates
or patches provided by you.

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