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Re: pidof changing from sysvinit-devel to procps

On Fri, 2013-08-09 at 21:10 +1000, Craig Small wrote:
> Besides my Debian duties I am also upstream for procps. I have been in
> discussion with the sysvinit-tools upstream and they want to find a new
> home for pidof so it "fits" with similiar tools (pidof used to be in
> procps in the dark ages). This means shortly that pidof will disappear
> from sysvinit-tools and appear in procps.
> If your package uses pidof, we need to talk about it NOW so that this 
> change doesn't put you in the lurch. I believe merely depending on procps
> will do what is needed, with the right version.

I don't think this is a sensible thing to ask.  There may be lots of
scripts using pidof that their maintainers don't know about.  I suggest
using codesearch.debian.net to find the packages.

I also wonder whether it would not be more sensible to split procps into
essential and non-essential binary packages.  Aside from pidof, I bet
there are lots of scripts using pkill, pgrep, /bin/kill and ps without
the necessary dependency now.  (I saw one using ps just the other day:


Ben Hutchings
I say we take off; nuke the site from orbit.  It's the only way to be sure.

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