Meaningless symlink redirection in Edgy for qmake

Shriramana Sharma samjnaa at gmail.com
Sun Mar 18 12:50:48 GMT 2007


In Edgy I do:

$ cd /usr/bin
$ ls -l qm*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root      23 2007-01-27 22:48 qmake -> 
/etc/alternatives/qmake
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2034776 2006-10-23 18:16 qmake-qt3
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2064732 2007-02-12 23:27 qmake-qt4
$ ls /etc/alternatives/qmake -l
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 18 2007-02-13 15:24 /etc/alternatives/qmake -> 
/usr/bin/qmake-qt3

Is there any meaning to this unnecessary symlink redirection? The 
/usr/bin/qmake symlink could well directly point to the qmake-qt3 binary 
in its own folder rather than point to a file under /etc which points 
back to the /usr/bin folder.

If there is no meaning, then this can be rectified.

Shriramana Sharma.



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