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Re: [bug-mailutils] Binary name

From: D. E. Evans
Subject: Re: [bug-mailutils] Binary name
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 13:48:43 -0400

   It is called `mail' because it is designed as a replacement for
   the system /bin/mail command.

Let me put it more directly.  I'm not asking this as a GNU+Linux
distributor, but as a system admin who wants to take advantage
of GNU mailutils' extra features (MRA, mimeview, and movemail
for Emacs).  If I "yum remove mailx" I lose half my installed
system, (Ubuntu/Debian make this easier with alternatives,
which allows me to substitute GNU mail for mailx).  I don't
believe you intend to have /bin/mail overwritten with GNU mail,
hence my question.  I could install /usr/local/bin/mail, and
modify the PATH so that GNU mail is called first, but changing
the name to /usr/local/bin/Mail seems an easier alternative.

The prefix options you provided earlier appear to be for
path modification of where the binary is installed--something
that would be useful for a distribution's build system--not
under what name the specific binary is installed as, except
"--program-transform-name", but I'm not sure I understand
how the latter would work for my purpose.

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