Re: Removing former conffiles
On Tue, 07 Feb 2006, Frank Küster wrote:
> Don Armstrong <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Just a word of caution here: If the administrator has modified the
> > file, you should not rename or move it, as they may know better
> > than you what they're doing. A proper course of action would be
> > warning them, and/or offering to remove the files in question via
> > debconf.
> If I know that the file will no longer be read at all, there's no
> point in pretending that it still have an effect. Renaming it makes
> this completely clear.
Right. The problem is that it's not always easy to know if the file
will no longer be read at all; you can't assume that the administrator
has left in place your default configuration system. [Likewise for
failure modes on the presence of an obsolete configuration file;
unless you know for certain that it will fail, you should give the
administrator some way to override your guess.]
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easy to govern. It demands no social reforms. It does not haggle over
expenditures on armaments and military equipment. It pays without
discussion, it ruins itself, and that is an excellent thing for the
syndicates of financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors
are an abundant source of gain.
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