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0001 README for Kalternatives
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0004 Kalternatives is a KDE program that a allows you to easily configure and
0005 change the alternatives system of your distribution, if supported.
0007 What is an Alternatives System?
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0010 An "alternatives system" is designed to allow the system administrator to
0011 select an alternative when there are several options that provide the same
0012 file or functionality. For example, there could be several different packages
0013 that provide the command "vi" (the standard POSIX text editor) and your
0014 distribution could allow you to have more than one option installed (for
0015 example, to satisfy the needs for different users on a multiuser system).
0016 But, how does the system knows which of the installed programs must be run
0017 when "vi" is entered on a shell? The answer is: using the alternatives system.
0018 This system keeps a database of provided alternatives for every option on
0019 /var/lib/dpkg/alternatives (in case of Debian and rerived ditributions, for
0020 example) and a collection of links on /etc/alternatives that point to the real
0021 program. So, if your default version of "vi" is "vim", the link /usr/bin/vi
0022 will point to /etc/alternatives/vi that points to /usr/bin/vim. But if in the
0023 future you would like to change /usr/bin/vi to point to the nvi executable you
0024 could:
0026 1. Change the link on /etc/alternatives/vi by hand.
0027 2. Use the Debian command `update-alternatives --config vi`
0028 3. Use Kalternatives.
0030 Which distribution are supported?
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0033 The supported distribution are:
0034 - Debian
0035 - Fedora
0036 - Mandriva
0037 - openSUSE
0038 - Ubuntu
0039 (see INSTALL for knowing how to specify which one when compiling)
0041 If you want to add support for another distribution, feel free to contact me.
0043 Who do I have to whine if the program fails for me?
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0046 Pino Toscano <pino@kde.org>