bug#44922: Bug#44922: [PROPOSAL] handling missing stuff in /var/local
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>>>>> "Steve" == Steve Greenland <email@example.com> writes:
Steve> On 12-Sep-99, 11:01 (CDT), "Juergen A. Erhard" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Package: debian-policy
>> Version: 188.8.131.52
>> Severity: normal
>> Add to section 3.1.2:
>> /usr/local is local admin territory. Whatever the local admin
>> does in or below /usr/local, must not affect the operation of even
>> parts of a package.
>> Thus, no package may depend on the existence of anything
>> below /usr/local, even if it created the directory itself. It
>> may not even depend on the existence of /usr/local.
Steve> Instead of the above two paragraphs, how about:
Steve> Because '/usr/local' and its contents are for exclusive use of
Steve> the local administrator, a package must not rely on the presence
Steve> or absence of files or directories in '/usr/local' for normal
Steve> operation, although the presence or absence may modify or enhance
Steve> the behavior of the package.
This one's much better, thanks Steve. Though I'd rather have it read
Because '/usr/local' and its contents are for exclusive use of the
local administrator, a package must not rely on the presence or
absence of files or directories in '/usr/local' for normal
operation, although files present in there may modify or enhance
the behavior of the package.
I removed the "absence of"... the absence of directories in /usr/local
(even those that a package installed) must *not* have any bearing on
the function or behavior of that package.
Jürgen A. Erhard eMail: email@example.com phone: (GERMANY) 0721 27326
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