Why is /usr/bin/rename.ul missing/removed from the util-linux package?

Asked by Lucas Sandery

The common program to do batch renaming, rename.ul, was in Ubuntu up to and including Focal (https://packages.ubuntu.com/focal/amd64/util-linux/filelist), but is not in Groovy (https://packages.ubuntu.com/groovy/amd64/util-linux/filelist). What's the reason for this?

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said :

rename.ul was removed in version 2.35.2-5 (between focal and groovy).

see also https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=926637

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Lucas Sandery (lucas+-) said :

That's essentially saying "It was removed because it was removed." I understand why rename.ul was made unavailable in update-alternatives, but that has nothing to do with its complete removal from the system. It already got a suffix to differentiate it. There was no reason for dropping it given in that thread, and I haven't been able to find any public discussion on it.

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said :

The decision was taken by Debian, and Ubuntu just followed. If you want to discuss that, you better ask in a Debian forum, e.g. http://forums.debian.net/

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