Debian Bug report logs - #706014
ITP: re-name -- mass rename tool using regular expression

Package: wnpp; Maintainer for wnpp is wnpp@debian.org;

Reported by: Joao Eriberto Mota Filho <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br>

Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:30:02 UTC

Owned by: Joao Eriberto Mota Filho <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br>

Severity: wishlist

Done: Eriberto <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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Bug#706014; Package wnpp. (Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:30:06 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Joao Eriberto Mota Filho <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br>:
New Bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to debian-devel@lists.debian.org, wnpp@debian.org. (Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:30:06 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Joao Eriberto Mota Filho <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: ITP: re-name -- mass rename tool using regular expression
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:27:35 -0300
Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Joao Eriberto Mota Filho <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br>

* Package name    : re-name
  Version         : 1.99.2
  Upstream Author : Andy Xuming <xuming@users.sourceforge.net>
* URL             : http://rename.sf.net
* License         : GPL3
  Programming Lang: C
  Description     : mass rename tool using regular expression

 Re-name (regular expression (re)name) is a tool to rename files. It can
 change, lowercase and uppercase a batch of files, or modify their ownership.
 It is a small and quick tool  written in C so it's quicker than most rename
 tools written in shell scripts.
 .
 Rename is powered by the extended regular expression for searching and
 substituting string patterns in the file names.
 .
 The main features of rename are:
 .
   * Substitue strings in filenames.
   * Search and substitue strings in filenames by POSIX regular expressions.
   * Uppercase or lowercase filenames.
   * Support batch mode rename.
   * Recursively processing directories and subdirectories.
   * Support to read the filename list from a file.
   * Change ownership of files.
   * Safe mode: test before you go.



Added tag(s) pending. Request was from Eriberto <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:54:08 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Added blocking bug(s) of 706014: 706043 Request was from Bart Martens <bartm@quantz.debian.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Wed, 24 Apr 2013 04:27:09 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Information stored :
Bug#706014; Package wnpp. (Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:27:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Jonathan Dowland <jmtd@debian.org>:
Extra info received and filed, but not forwarded. (Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:27:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #14 received at 706014-quiet@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Jonathan Dowland <jmtd@debian.org>
To: 706043-submitter@bugs.debian.org
Cc: 706014-quiet@bugs.debian.org
Subject: re-name: really necessary?
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:21:27 +0100
Hi, I'd like to echo Stuart Prescott in #706043, and Simon McVittie
on -devel┬╣: I don't normally complain about archive bloat too much
but in this case re-name looks very superfluous.

I'm also not clear on why you've renamed the upstream name from
rename to re-name. You claim in README.Source:

> It is a generical name and was modified to re-name to be introduced in
> Debian.

"rename" is not a current package name, re-name is just as generic
with the added disadvantage that it is not the upstream name. Although
I suppose alternatives would not be appropriate for /usr/bin/rename,
since the calling syntax is completely different to prename (not sure
which other packages provide a /usr/bin/rename alternative), so you're
left to choose which is more appealing: upstream name:debian package
or debian package:binary name.

As an irrelevant side-note it's nice to see a debian/rules file that
adds --parallel to dh(1) calls.

┬╣http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/04/msg00690.html



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Bug#706014; Package wnpp. (Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:00:15 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Peter Samuelson <peter@p12n.org>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to wnpp@debian.org, Joao Eriberto Mota Filho <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br>. (Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:00:15 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #19 received at 706014@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Peter Samuelson <peter@p12n.org>
To: Joao Eriberto Mota Filho <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br>, 706014@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#706014: ITP: re-name -- mass rename tool using regular expression
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:49:29 -0500
[Joao Eriberto Mota Filho]
>  Re-name [...] is a small and quick tool written in C so it's quicker
>  than most rename tools written in shell scripts.

[citation needed]

I'm suspicious of this claim for two reasons.

- The obvious tool to compare with is 'prename' (mentioned up-thread),
  which we already ship, and that's not shell but Perl.  In terms of
  efficiency, this may be quite significant, as it uses the rename()
  system call, whereas a shell implementation would have to fork 'mv'
  for each file.

- In my experience and belief, the efficiency of a mass rename
  operation is dominated by the filesystem overhead.



Reply sent to Eriberto <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br>:
You have taken responsibility. (Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:39:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Notification sent to Joao Eriberto Mota Filho <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br>:
Bug acknowledged by developer. (Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:39:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #24 received at 706014-done@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Eriberto <eriberto@eriberto.pro.br>
To: 706014-done@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: ITP: re-name -- mass rename tool using regular expression
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:34:40 -0300
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After several discussions on debian-devel and others, I am declining to
maintain this package. Thus I am closing the ITP.

Thanks a lot to all DDs that sent me suggestions and orientations.

Best regards,

Eriberto
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Bug archived. Request was from Debbugs Internal Request <owner@bugs.debian.org> to internal_control@bugs.debian.org. (Fri, 24 May 2013 07:26:45 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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