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comment How to find all the available packages (and executables) that can fulfill an “alternative”?
...not easier, for those looking for the information. If duplicates are bad enough to be flagged and discouraged, then they are bad enough to be expunged altogether.)
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comment How to find all the available packages (and executables) that can fulfill an “alternative”?
@muru: thanks, I appreciate your cooperation. I won't delete my question after all (I really want to, but Gilles says not to, and I owe Gilles big time, so I won't). Sorry for causing you extra work. (That said, I'm glad you posted your answer in the other thread. One of the reasons I oppose the policy of keeping duplicates around is that duplicates dilute the information, make it harder to find contradictions or inconsistencies between answers, and ultimately make it more confusing, i.e. harder, ...
6h
comment How to find all the available packages (and executables) that can fulfill an “alternative”?
@Gilles: fine, but only in deference to you. (It's the least I can do in return for all the help I've received from you, and all your contributions to this site.)
10h
comment How to find all the available packages (and executables) that can fulfill an “alternative”?
As with practically every SE policy, I vehemently disagree with this one, but there's nothing I can do about it, other than not posting at all...
11h
comment How to find all the available packages (and executables) that can fulfill an “alternative”?
Thank you. BTW, as you pointed out in your comment, my question is a duplicate. I would gladly delete my question, but for that I'd need you to delete your answer first. (Ironic that a question that is, essentially, about redundancy among programs would itself be eliminated for being a redundant question.)
12h
comment How to find all the available packages (and executables) that can fulfill an “alternative”?
Thanks, that answers half of my question. How would I find the executable in the package that fulfills the role. E.g., how would I find out that it is /usr/bin/startfluxbox that provides the x-window-manager role in the fluxbox package?
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comment Is there a single documentation page for all the XDG_* environment variables?
@Patesh: that page is a good example of what I've been finding; it defines some variables, but most of the XDG_* variables that are (somehow) getting set in my environment are not mentioned in this document.
Jan
29
comment How to remove a positional parameter from $@
Thanks. That argument cycling technique is very nice. It has the added bonus that it makes it very easy to inspect the parameter following the current one (since it's just sitting right there in $1). This property came in handy in what I'm doing. Also, thanks for reminding me that the in "$@"; bit at the top of the for loop is unnecessary. It's something I've seen before, but I tend to forget it. Regarding your remark on the Almquist shell, does the do have to appear on the next line, or would for arg; do work too?
Jan
29
comment How to remove a positional parameter from $@
@cuonglm: I've reverted to the original form of the pseudo code; in my experience, whenever I simplify the picture too much, I get answers that work for the oversimplified case, but not for the actual one.
Jan
22
comment How to get the last argument to a /bin/sh function
This question is not about a specific script I'm trying to write, but rather a general how-to. I'm looking for a good recipe for this. Of course, the more portable, the better.
Jan
19
comment Looking for a (preferably “all-zsh”) alternative to printenv that can handle Unicode in variable names
Thanks for the links. From them I figured that the problem goes all the way down to the way that Linux stores environment variables in /proc/<pid>/environ. I imagine that printenv just returns the contents of /proc/<pid>/environ; same for env. OTOH, zsh must have the correct names of its variables somewhere, as demonstrated by the echo command in my example...
Jan
17
comment How to install/enable `syslog.target`?
@TNW: 8.2 here also. After digging around some more I found that syslog.target is obsolete. Somehow my system does not know that...
Jan
16
comment Looking for a map of the xinit/startx rabbithole
What makes you think I run Arch Linux? What makes you think I even run Linux? And what makes you think that what applies to Arch Linux applies also to every other Unix distro?
Jan
15
comment Looking for a map of the xinit/startx rabbithole
@MichaelHomer: I rolled back your edits, sorry. After all, you deleted what I consider the main part of the question, and left only what I added only as explanatory stuff. If the question is going to be under my name, I'd like it to be substantially as I wrote it. I'd gladly delete it if I could. (Unfortunately, I can't, thanks to Michael P.) Alternatively, if there's a way to take my name out of the question (i.e. change it to "community wiki" or some such), then please do so, and then the question may be modified in any way you like.
Jan
15
comment Looking for a map of the xinit/startx rabbithole
@MichaelHomer: the question I intended to ask is off-topic, so it should be deleted. I have no problem with that.
Jan
15
comment Looking for a map of the xinit/startx rabbithole
@MichaelHomer: I'll delete my question as soon as I can.
Jan
13
comment How to implement “generators” like $RANDOM?
@jimmij: thanks, that took care of it.
Jan
12
comment How to implement “generators” like $RANDOM?
Thanks. Unless I've made a mistake, the last recipe you give does not always work. See my EDIT.
Nov
26
comment How to make a comprehensive set of possibilities for defining GNU-screen “command characters”?
It will take me a little while to digest this thorough answer, but I didn't want to wait until then to thank you for it (even though I can't really thank you enough).
Nov
24
comment How to make a comprehensive set of possibilities for defining GNU-screen “command characters”?
@Gilles: I now see your point about how the answer to my original question would depend on the choice of terminal emulator; I have edited my question to account for this; I hope it is still clear that I'm not asking for lists A, B, and C, but rather I'm asking how one would go about constructing those lists.