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Re: Debian derivatives census: dpkg vendor information


On Fri, 26 Oct 2012, Ryan Finnie wrote:
> On 10/25/2012 05:37 PM, Paul Wise wrote:
> >  * dpkg vendor: Please add here the output of this: dpkg-vendor --query
> > Vendor. If this prints Debian then you need to patch base-files in your
> > distribution to add a new file in /etc/dpkg/origins/example containing
> > information about your distribution.
> Is there a reason this must be done in base-files?  Finnix currently
> does not patch base-files, and I'd rather not unless necessary.
> Currently I have a package, finnix-release, which sets /etc/lsb-release
> and uses that for other Finnix-specific identification within the OS.
> I'd like to add /etc/dpkg/origins/finnix to finnix-release, then change
> the /etc/dpkg/origins/default symlink to finnix in the postinst, which
> should not step on the back-files package itself (since the symlink is
> done there at postinst time as well).

Yeah, this should be fine as well. But note that you probably also want to
update /etc/os-release which is also handled by base-files which is the
cross-distro-systemd-mandated file for that kind of information.

I have a couple of bugs open against base-files to use something similar
though so that we would provide /etc/os-release.d/debian and
/etc/os-release would be just a symlink set by the postinst.

Raphaël Hertzog ◈ Debian Developer

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