More explicit names for iso images ?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Fri Feb 23 19:17:45 UTC 2007

On Fri, Feb 23, 2007 at 04:08:03PM +0000, john levin wrote:
> Laurent wrote:
> >       Hello
> > 
> > 
> >    Now, every iso files of feisty (for instance) are named
> > feisty-desktop-i386.iso.
> >     This is the same name for Ubuntu Herd-3 and Kubuntu Herd-4.
> > 
> >     I think that names should be more explicit. As for example
> > herd3-desktop-i386.iso
> > and
> > kherd4-desktop.i386.iso.
> >     The name should completely determines the nature of the software.
> > 
> +1, it's a problem I've just run into.
> Have you filed a bug report?

The right thing to do is to discuss this with the development team first,
and establish some consensus about the right thing to do, before filing a
bug report asking for a change.

CCing the cdimage team for comment.

> Incidentally, Canonical provide 4 distro-flavours of the isos:
> Ubuntu, Kubuntu, as mentioned above, but also Edubuntu and Xubuntu
> All are named feisty-desktop/alternate/etc, and all should be easily 
> distinguishable from one another.

I agree with the points raised above; it would be valuable in many instances
to be able to determine the precise version of an ISO from the filename.
However, as it happens, I (and probably other developers as well) rely on
having a fixed filename in order to do things like automatically rsync the
latest images without knowing their name.

It's likely that we can find a compromise which satisfies both needs, like
using symlinks, but this illustrates the need for discussion before pushing
a particular solution.

 - mdz

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