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Bug#2831: timezone conffiles vs. postinst

In article <m0uFhJ7-0002YGC@chiark.chu.cam.ac.uk>, you wrote:

>If you insist that you're not going to change this then obviously the
>Guidelines are not clear enough and I shall have to edit them to make
>what you're doing clearly forbidden and then reopen the bug report.
Please do it if you think it is necessary. But please explain not only
what they are not for but also what they _are_ for.

>If you'd like to explain to me some reasons why I shouldn't do this
>please go ahead.  I'm certainly willing to listen, but I'm afraid I'm
>not going to accept `matter of taste' because I don't think it is an
>answer to my comments, which are based not on taste but on the
>intended use and actual effect of the dpkg conffiles mechanism.

Could you please explain why you think that /etc/passwd from the base package
and /etc/timezone from the timezone package should behave differently?

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