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Bug#854923: busybox: "sed -i nonexistent" creates bogus files

Package: busybox
Version: 1:1.22.0-19+b1
Severity: important

busybox sed -i -e 's/foo/bar/' foo
----------  1 root     2689302520       0 Feb 12 01:13 foo

Impact includes for example breaking upgrading from systemd to sysvinit
after installing via stretch's d-i.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 9.0
  APT prefers unstable-debug
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable-debug'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (150, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.10.0-rc7-debug-ssd-abort+ (SMP w/6 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=C.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: sysvinit (via /sbin/init)

Versions of packages busybox depends on:
ii  libc6  2.24-9

busybox recommends no packages.

busybox suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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