Re: IMPORTANT: What can we do about the base package?
Joey Hess <email@example.com> writes:
> How about releasing an update of the base package that contains no files,
> but instead runs MAKEDEV to generate the files in /dev? Then after you
> install it, you can unistall it safely, without killing /dev.
Given the way dpkg currently runs, even if you archived /dev in the
pre-install script and restored it in the post-install script, there
would be an interval during which your /dev directory would be gone and
your system would probably die horribly at that point.
I think the only solution right now is to do brain surgery on
/var/lib/dpkg/status to forcibly remove the paragraph for the base
package. Ugly, I'm sorry.
Bruce Perens K6BP Bruce@Pixar.com 510-215-3502
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