Re: Why is prename deprecated?
- Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 20:16:45 +0000 (UTC)
- From: Curt <curty@xxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Why is prename deprecated?
On 2018-07-11, Greg Wooledge <wooledg@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> What I DO NOT WANT is for the name 'prename' to go away. Because then
> all the programs that call prename will fail.
> What I DO NOT WANT is for someone in Debian to tell me that I should be
> calling 'rename' instead, because this is dangerous. There is a different
> program named 'rename' on Red Hat systems, and it has incompatible syntax
> and behavior. Calling 'prename' in a shell script is safe, because if
> you run it on a Red Hat system, you get a nice friendly error message
> telling you that prename isn't found, instead of some random behavior.
> Calling 'rename' in a shell script is a recipe for disaster. You can't
> know what will happen.
> I figured I'd better speak up now, before we have another mailx -> s-nail
> disaster at buster's release. Names of things are important. You can't
> just go changing them on a whim.
(I guess this addresses your concern.)