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Re: Wouldn't it be nice to have app-defaults files be conffiles?

Yves Arrouye <Yves.Arrouye@marin.fdn.fr> writes:
> I know one can have a big file containing customization for all the X apps,
> but I'd like to be able to modify the app-defaults/xxx file for the xxx
> app. without having it being overwritten when a new release of xxx is
> available? Is this a bad idea?

I think it's a bad idea, and it is also contrary to the current Debian
policy (look in /usr/doc/X11/debian.README).

Not that policy can't change, but I think this one should stay as it
is, unless someone's going to come up with some magic way for
maintainers of X-based packages to generate "intelligent patches" for
the app-defaults files.  Otherwise there is no way for maintainers to
be assured that existing app defaults files contain all the necessary
items without writing tedious, demonstrably unnecessary shell scripts.


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