dpkg conffiles weirdness
I've just had a bizarre experience upgrading from test-cycle-1 to
test-cycle-2, perhaps someone can shed some light?
I used dselect with an APT backend. One of the upgraded packages was
xterm, from version 3.3.6-6 to 3.3.6-7. There's a conffile in the
package: /etc/X11/Xresources/xterm. I had a modified version, which
was unceremoniously moved to xterm.dpkg-old and replaced by the new
version. No questions were asked. (Incidentally, the backspace key
in emacs in an xterm now behaves like ctrl-H. Any ideas why? Yuck!)
I tried reinstating the old xterm conffile and reinstalling version
3.3.6-7, but now the conffile wasn't touched. I then tried deleting
the conffile and reinstalling; no conffile was installed at all this
time. Purging and reinstalling reinstalled the conffile, but nothing
less would do so.
Does anyone have a clue what might be up?
Julian Gilbey, Dept of Maths, QMW, Univ. of London. J.D.Gilbey@qmw.ac.uk
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