Devuan bug report logs - #224
[Procps package] ["free" command] "Old" output is now the only one without notice

Package: procps; Reported by: Stephane Ascoet <>; dated Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:03:01 UTC; Maintainer for procps is Devuan Dev <>.

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Subject: [Procps package] ["free" command] "Old" output is now the only one
 without notice
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Package: Procps
Version: 2:3.3.12-3+devuan2.1

I've got a script using the line "buffers/cache" that free used to 
output, in Devuan Jessie for example. In the manual page, a "-o"/"--old" 
option is said to delete this line.

And after upgrading to Devuan Ascii, the script doesn't work anymore: I 
then found that now free behave like if "-o" was always enabled. What's 
that??? If it's an old output, why should it be default now? And what 
about all scripts broke by that change that isn't notified in the 
release notes??? Moreover, the man page isn't up to date, still talking 
about the old behavior.

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