also sprach Bruce Sass <email@example.com> [2005.04.06.0904 +0200]: > >also sprach Bruce Sass <firstname.lastname@example.org> [2005.04.03.0122 +0200]: > >>I would go with a) because it is more likely to result in consistency > >>between systems and across time; although b), with its bit more work > >>for the admin, would be more satisfying and instructive. > > > >explain how more consistency can be achieved, please? > > If it is coded, and generally does the right thing: packagers are less > likely to make different choices for similar problems, admins may not > need to make a choice at all, practices/policy(?) can be changed > across the distribution at once instead of on a pkg by pkg basis. If the user is never deleted, no choice has to be made. Apart, user creation and deletion is already somewhat regulated by the policy. I think (a) is outside of scope of Debian. > >You want to port YAST to Debian? > > I don't know what YAST does, so, maybe. :) Please don't. > re: brittlness of reference counting > > I suppose it would be necessary to be able to easily generate > a set of counts and users from a list of packages, and quickly > check the consistency of that set with the actual system. The > counts could only be used if the consistency check passed. Well, I do not want to categorically discourage anyone. If you think this would be an interesting approach, then go ahead and code up a prototype! However, beware: one of the reasons why a user account should be left behind even after package purge is to prevent orphan files in /var, /srv, /home, or whereever. -- Please do not send copies of list mail to me; I read the list! .''`. martin f. krafft <email@example.com> : :' : proud Debian developer, admin, user, and author `. `'` `- Debian - when you have better things to do than fixing a system Invalid/expired PGP subkeys? Use subkeys.pgp.net as keyserver! in africa some of the native tribes have a custom of beating the ground with clubs and uttering spine chilling cries. anthropologists call this a form of primitive self-expression. in america they call it golf.
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