Re: Bug#2835: screen should write to terminfo
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Jackson) wrote on 30.04.96 in <m0uEMo2-0002ZlC@chiark.chu.cam.ac.uk>:
> I'd suggest that the base new package should, when it is upgraded from
> such an earlier version, check to see whether it looks like it wants
> to remove /etc/termcap. A good indication that it ought to is that
> the termcap compatibility package isn't installed. (It can get this
> out of dpkg --status | grep -i '^status:'
> If it decides it thinks it wants to remove it it could prompt the
> user, with `yes' being the default.
That's fine as long as it prompts the user.
The problem with blindly removing the file is, of course, that it may have
been modified locally, and contain some info that must not be simply lost
It might be possible to silently remove it when it has a known md5sum.
However, prompting never hurts.