Roger Leigh wrote:
Hi folks, I noticed earlier today that many packages are creating copies of conffiles in their maintainer scripts with the extension ".dpkg-bak", which is not an extension used or removed by dpkg:
Say you name the file /etc/foo.dpkg-old instead of /etc/foo.dpkg-bak.dpkg won't remove this file on purge either, as it doesn't have any reference anymore on /etc/foo.
So there is basically no difference here between using *.dpkg-bak or *.dpkg-old. To really cleanup up the backup file, you'd have to do that in postrm/purge. I agree, the wiki should be updated in that regard.
The advantage imho of using *.dpkg-bak is, that you can differentiate which files were created by dpkg and which one by the maintainer scripts.
Maybe it would be a good idea to write a debhelper script (say dh_obsolete), which would create the necessary maintainer scripts. This would avoid to copy the scripts from http://wiki.debian.org/DpkgConffileHandling over and over again.
Regarding run-parts: There is no problem afaik. I quickly tried this: # mkdir test # touch test/foo # touch test/foo.dpkg-old # touch test/foo.dpkg-bak # run-parts --list test test/foo Cheers, Michael -- Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the universe are pointed away from Earth?
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