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FS#49323 - [dosfstools] Missing symlinks

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Nicolai Syvertsen (saivert) - Friday, 13 May 2016, 20:52 GMT
Last edited by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Saturday, 14 May 2016, 18:36 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category Packages: Core
Status Closed
Assigned To Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


dosfstools has to be configured so symlinks are generated.
The current PKGBUILD does not do this.

The ./configure script has an option --enable-compat-symlinks that will
configure the build to symlink older names of the tools to the current ones on
installation. These are dosfsck, fsck.msdos and fsck.vfat for fsck.fat, mkdosfs,
mkfs.msdos and mkfs.vfat for mkfs.fat and dosfslabel for fatlabel.
This task depends upon

Closed by  Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Saturday, 14 May 2016, 18:36 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing:  4.0-2
Comment by Jens Adam (byte) - Saturday, 14 May 2016, 02:22 GMT
And on another note: The package puts files directly in /usr/share/doc. --docdir=/usr/share/doc/dosfstools?
Comment by Doug Newgard (Scimmia) - Saturday, 14 May 2016, 05:18 GMT
These symlinks aren't all that useful anyway. Upstream has deprecated them, why should the Arch package ship them?
Comment by Nicolai Syvertsen (saivert) - Saturday, 14 May 2016, 12:16 GMT
Example: mkfs.vfat is used by gnome disk utility
Should we report to upstream all tools that still refer to the now missing symlinks?
What if these projects refuse to do that? Or that Arch Linux is the only distro that packages dosfstools without the symlinks?
Sticking close to upstream is one thing, breaking things is another.
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Saturday, 14 May 2016, 18:36 GMT
Enabled compat symlinks which are a new config option.