Bug#1003653: Revision of removal of rename.ul from package util-linux
* Sean Whitton <firstname.lastname@example.org> [220124 05:56]:
> On Sun 23 Jan 2022 at 10:27PM +01, Christoph Berg wrote:
> > Re: Sean Whitton
> >> On Sun 23 Jan 2022 at 10:04PM +01, Chris Hofstaedtler wrote:
> >> > I guess the best thing would be to introduce a new binary package,
> >> > but I am out of ideas on naming it. Open for ideas here.
> >> util-linux-extra?
> > If it's about rename only, "rename-ul" or even "rename.ul"?
> > I guess it should also contain the historical name as a symlink.
> > Christoph
> Well, Chris mentioned wanting to transition some other things out of the
> essential package in addition to this one. Also, the ftp team would not
> love the idea of a single-script package.
I think this will mostly depend on what src:rename will/should do
(+CC: Debian Perl Group, Dominic Hargreaves).
For context, the idea is that /usr/bin/rename should become
src:util-linux' rename implementation. As was found in the past,
this is not possible using alternatives. As the util-linux
maintainer, I would also prefer to not having alternatives.
If the rename binary package drops /usr/bin/rename, rename.ul(*) can
start installing that, and conflict on old versions of rename.
Or, to make this transition more clear to users:
- src:rename could drop /usr/bin/rename AND rename its binary package to
file-rename (?) or prename (?)
- rename.ul could Conflict: rename indefinitely
(*) "working title"