`line` missing in RPM

Todd Zullinger tmz at pobox.com
Tue May 22 05:20:28 UTC 2007

Will Woods wrote:
> On Mon, 2007-05-21 at 22:22 -0400, Arthur Pemberton wrote:
>> Why is it that the line program is in the upstream package,
>> http://freshmeat.net/projects/util-linux/ but not in the RPM in
>> fedora?
> According to the .spec file, it's because it's deprecated. I'm not
> sure what it's deprecated by, though.

Its functionality is easily replaced by "head -n1".

The change appears to have been made in revision 1.23 of the
util-linux specfile, though there's nothing specific in the (rather
large) changelog entry about the line command.  the closest I see
(without digging through the various bug numbers listed) is:

* Sun Feb 02 2003 Florian La Roche <Florian.LaRoche at redhat.de>
- rebuild to have again a s390 rpm
- disable some more apps for mainframe


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