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Bug#994388: dpkg currently warning about merged-usr systems

On Thu, 24 Mar 2022 16:22:38 -0700 Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> wrote:
> Luca Boccassi <bluca@debian.org> writes:
> > If it was possible to do it, it would have already happened, and we
> > wouldn't be discussing it at all, it would have just been done.
> Has someone written a patch against dpkg that causes it to do the right
> thing?
> > In the end, at the very least this is a _workable_ proposal. It might
> > not be ideal, but we know it can work. What's your counter-proposal?
> Someone who believes strongly in merged-/usr should write a patch against
> dpkg that causes it to work properly with merged-/usr, including edge
> cases like files moving out of /bin and /lib between packages and dpkg -S
> working properly.
> I understand that you don't think that patch will be accepted.  But we
> don't actually know that since so far as I know it doesn't exist.  We're
> arguing in the abstract about a future problem that hasn't happened yet
> because we don't have working code to argue about.

I think it's appropriate for people to wait on such work until there's
guidance from the TC ensuring that such a patch will be accepted.
Otherwise, anyone spending time writing it is spending substantial
effort that may well be wasted.

I am also hoping that such a patch is not a precondition for removing
the message from the current dpkg maintainer script, which is already
causing issues.

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