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


On 29/03/2022 00:55, Sean Whitton wrote:

On Mon 28 Mar 2022 at 10:35PM +02, Christoph Berg wrote:

The problem here is that if ul-extra contains things besides rename,
and it conflicts with the perl rename, people will rightfully complain
that they can't install /usr/bin/fincore-from-ul-extra and
/usr/bin/rename-from-perl at the same time.

Indeed, and doesn't it violate Policy 10.1, which says "Two different
packages must not install programs with different functionality but with
the same filenames" ?  Perhaps it's an edge case.

Yeah, I don't think we serve our users by having two different packages both of which want to install /usr/bin/rename.

I'm still not quite sure why the previous path is so objectionable - we shipped /usr/bin/rename.ul for years, Debian (and derivative) users will be expecting it there, having util-linux-extra (WLOG) install it there seems like the right answer (and the one least surprising to our users)...



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