Re: Bug#1273: less help file is a configuration file?
> From: Ralf Baechle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: Bug#1273: less help file is a configuration file?
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> > > From: email@example.com (Bill Mitchell)
> > > Subject: Re: Bug#1273: less help file is a configuration file?
> > >
> > > Is there any strong feeling or group consensus one way or the other
> > > about how this should be handled for programs with help text in separate
> > > files? Declare those files conffiles, as a general rule, or not?
> > I don't understand how a help file could be considered to be a configuration
> > file.
> For programs that lack support for foreign languages I consider them to be
> configuration files.
Ah, now this makes sense. Personally, I still think it's a bug (that the
program does not support foreign languages) but this is an imperfect world
that we live in.
However, I think that Debian should pick one method of dealing with this
so that we can be consistant. I think:
o) Programs that support multiple languages should be provided
in this way.
o) Programs that support a single language with compiled-in
help text cannot be easily corrected.
o) Programs which support a single language with external help
files should be compiled to point to a file in a writable
filesystem (perhaps in /etc?), which should be a link
back to one of the distributed help files in /usr/lib or
a custom help file somewhere under /var.
o) In no circumstance is the help text file itself a configuration
file. At most, the link file is a configuration file.
Perhaps there is a better way of handling this, but however it is done,
it should be documented somewhere and deviating packages should have bugs
reported on them.
David H. Silber firstname.lastname@example.org Project: Debian GNU/Linux (uucp)
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