Bug#1003653: Revision of removal of rename.ul from package util-linux
> A user requested in Debian bug report #926637
> (https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=926637) to include
> rename.ul in Debian's alternatives system. The package maintainer replied:
> "The util-linux rename command does not implement the same (command line)
> interface as the alternative(s) does, so it is not policy compliant to
> add it as an alternative."
> As a result, the maintainer completely removed rename.ul from the package
> util-linux without providing any further reference to this Debian policy.
That's a pretty surprising resolution of a bug asking to be able to
use "rename" more easily.
> Since the maintainer did not respond to any of the user arguments in the
> above bug reports, I kindly request the technical committee to revise the
> removal of rename.ul from the package util-linux, hoping that this removal
> will be reversed.
The removal happened in util-linux (2.35.2-5) on 25 Jun 2020, so it's
already in stable (bullseye) which has 2.36.1-8. Not sure if fixing
this now will unbreak any harm that has already been done, given that
the bullseye release was already half a year ago.