[aur-general] perl-rename and prename

Sebastian Schwarz seschwar at googlemail.com
Thu Dec 17 10:50:06 EST 2009

On 2009-12-13 at 23:43 -0500, Ranguvar wrote:
> I'm thinking I should advise the 'perl-rename' maintainer to take over
> 'prename' with their PKGBUILD, and then delete 'perl-rename', does
> anyone not agree?

As the maintainer of perl-rename let me defend myself.  :)

On 2009-12-15 at 17:11 +0100, Xyne wrote:
> Are they really the same?

No, they aren't.  They are both based on the same script by Larry
Wall and therefore are quite similar.  However (perl-)rename on CPAN
is more up-to-date and has some additional functionality and command
line options.  From what I can see prename is only distributed with
Debian's Perl package and doesn't have a CPAN/web presence on its own.

The original maintainer of prename probably chose the name "prename"
in order to avoid name clashes with /usr/bin/rename from util-linux-ng.

Nevertheless I adopted and updated prename to Debian's newest version.
But as perl-rename provides all of prename's functionality and more
and is better maintained I suggest deleting prename.  I don't care so
much about the votes but I for my part prefer the name "perl-rename"
as it is more unambiguous than "prename".  Unfortunately "rename"
was already taken.  :)

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