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FS#31414 - [util-linux] [shadow] Deprecated tools: newgrp/vipw/vigr

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi (djgera) - Wednesday, 05 September 2012, 03:01 GMT
Last edited by Dave Reisner (falconindy) - Thursday, 18 October 2012, 08:54 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Core
Status Closed
Assigned To Dave Reisner (falconindy)
Tom Gundersen (tomegun)
Architecture All
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


According to util-linux Documentation/deprecated.txt[#1] these tools (newgrp/vipw/vigr) should be used from shadow-utils package instead of util-linux.

Also looking at source[#2] of these tools you can see: "This command is deprecated. The utility is in maintenance mode, meaning we keep them in source tree for backward compatibility only. Do not waste time making this command better, unless the fix is about security or other very critical issue."


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Closed by  Dave Reisner (falconindy)
Thursday, 18 October 2012, 08:54 GMT
Reason for closing:  Not a bug
Additional comments about closing:  upstream has marked these no longer deprecated.
Comment by Dave Reisner (falconindy) - Wednesday, 05 September 2012, 03:05 GMT
Hrmm, seems weird given that I just recently made some changes to vipw/vigr that weren't all that critical. git blame shows that these were marked as deprecated as of 2007/2008. I'll talk to upstream about this and see if this documentation is still accurate.

Regardless, I'd prefer to hold onto the util-linux version as long as possible since there's almost zero hope of ever seeing a bugfix for vipw/vipr/newgrp (or anything else) in shadow-utils. The alioth maintainer is incredibly dodgy and is, for all intents and purposes, mostly MIA.
Comment by Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi (djgera) - Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 05:55 GMT
@Dave: is there any news about this from util-linux upstream? Thanks.
Comment by Dave Reisner (falconindy) - Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 07:18 GMT
Been lazy, haven't done anything here. I'm quite sure that newgrp is deprecated, though.
Comment by Dave Reisner (falconindy) - Thursday, 18 October 2012, 08:54 GMT