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Bug#1283: dpkg and pre-existing but newly-designated control files

I'm making a package containing many files that were not formerly part
of any package. For example, /etc/passwd is a control file of this package.
Obviously, it's not meant to be installed after the system is constructed.
However, I did install it, and found that if a control file is pre-existing
on the system, yet not formerly designated as a control file, it gets silently
overwritten. I would have expected to go through the prompt sequence for
replacing a control file.


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