charmap command missing after upgrade to 20.04 (Focal Fossa)

Bug #1873301 reported by Smylers on 2020-04-16
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gucharmap (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

After upgrading to the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS beta (gucharmap version 1:13.0.1-1), I found that the charmap command was missing. After some searching I discovered it still exists with the name gucharmap. Maybe it was always called gucharmap and there used to be a symlink from charmap which the upgrade removed?

The charmap(1) manpage still exists, as a symlink to gucharmap. It's weird having a manpage for a command that doesn't exist.

Please could we have a charmap symlink (back)? At least some users are used to using that name.

The changelog mentions previously fixing the charmap symlink in version 0.6.0-1:

and installing the charmap.1 link in version 1:2.24.2-1.

I couldn't see anything in there suggesting that the removal of the charmap symlink was intentional. Thanks.

tags: added: focal
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, indeed it seems like upstream removed the symlink they were created when they ported to meson as a build system. You could report that to them on

Changed in gucharmap (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

The buggy symlink is a packaging bug though, we will get that one fixed

Changed in gucharmap (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gucharmap - 1:13.0.2-2

gucharmap (1:13.0.2-2) unstable; urgency=medium

  * debian/gucharmap.links:
    - restore the 'charmap' compatibility binary which was lost in the
      transition to meson (lp: #1873301)

 -- Sebastien Bacher <email address hidden> Mon, 18 May 2020 23:00:58 +0200

Changed in gucharmap (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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