Move documentation of behavior of ancient dpkg in 6.6 to a footnote (was: /etc/shells management)
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Josip Rodin <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 09, 2003 at 09:10:15AM -0400, Daniel Martin wrote:
>>>>> Branden Robinson <email@example.com> wrote:
>>>>>> I'd propose a Policy amendment dropping support for this
>>>>>> long-obsolete dpkg behavior, but I reckon I've lost my
>>>>>> Policy-amendment-proposing credentials in your eyes.
>> Perhaps we could add a compromise? Say, modifying the paragraph in
>> question to read:
>> If there is no most recently configured version `dpkg' will pass
>> a null argument.
>> (Historical note:
> Or simply use the fine <footnote> tag.
Ok. Redirecting to debian-policy.
- --- /home/ametzler/CVS/debian-policy/policy.sgml Sat Aug 23 22:23:53 2003
+++ policy.sgml Tue Sep 9 17:27:00 2003
@@ -3648,10 +3648,18 @@
If there is no most recently configured version
- - <prgn>dpkg</prgn> will pass a null argument; older versions
- - of dpkg may pass <tt><unknown></tt> (including the
- - angle brackets) in this case. Even older ones do not pass a
- - second argument at all, under any circumstances.
+ <prgn>dpkg</prgn> will pass a null argument.
+ Historical note: Truly ancient (pre-1997) versions of
+ <prgn>dpkg</prgn> passed <tt><unknown></tt> (including
+ the angle brackets) in this case. Even older ones did not
+ pass a second argument at all, under any circumstance. Note
+ that upgrades using such an old dpkg version are unlikely to
+ work for other reasons, even if this old argument behavior
+ is handled by your postinst script.
Sent to -policy and -devel, mail-fup2 set for move to -policy (I'd
appreciate Cc's for fup's on -policy, I only read that list every
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