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Bug#1003653: Revision of removal of rename.ul from package util-linux

On Sat, 22 Jan 2022, Chris Hofstaedtler wrote:
> * Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> [220121 18:11]:
> > Chris Hofstaedtler <zeha@debian.org> writes:
> > 
> > > If the util-linux rename should be made easier to use, then it should
> > > become the one and only provider of /usr/bin/rename, and it should not
> > > be in an essential package.
> > 
> > The two programs are very, very different, and I suspect the util-linux
> > version would not be suitable for what /usr/bin/rename is currently used
> > for inside Debian.
> I understand the perl group maintainer scripts switched to using the
> /usr/bin/file-rename name. We could investigate rdeps of rename and
> see what they use, and/or change them.

This problem goes beyond reverse dependencies; there are also a
not-insignificant number of user scripts which on Debian expect
/usr/bin/rename to be the perl version (and probably a similar number on
other distributions which expect the opposite).

Not impossible to change, of course, but an ideal transition would avoid
breaking currently working scripts and installs.

Don Armstrong                      https://www.donarmstrong.com

After the first battle of Sto Lat, I formulated a policy which has
stood me in good stead in other battles. It is this: if an enemy has
an impregnable stronghold, see he stays there.
 -- Terry Pratchett _Jingo_ p265

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