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Re: timezone -> timezones (why?)



On Tue, 24 Feb 1998, Santiago Vila wrote:

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> On Mon, 23 Feb 1998, Dale Scheetz wrote:
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> > On Mon, 23 Feb 1998, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > 
> > > Also, please, do not make /etc/timezone a conffile in the new timezones
> > > package, because according to dpkg's packaging manual:
> > > 
> > > 9.2 Fully-featured maintainer script configuration handling
> > > 
> > >    For files which contain site-specific information such as the hostname
> > >    and networking details and so forth, it is better to create the file
> > >    in the package's postinst script.
> > > 
> > >    [...]
> > 
> > I'm not sure what this has to do with /etc/timezone.
> 
> The rationale for this is also in the policy:
> 
> "Packages should try to minimise the amount of prompting they need to do".
> 
> When a package has a "conffile", dpkg always asks about this file being
> replaced or not by the version inside the .deb file. But in this case:
> Who will want to replace, say, "Europe/Madrid" by "Factory"? This is a
> stupid question! That's why the policy says it is much better not to use
> conffiles "for files which contain site-specific information".
> 
> > I can see your point, I just don't see any reason to change what works
> > simply because you don't like the idea of using conffiles.
> 
> Perhaps I didn't explain well in my first mail about this. It is our
> policy who says we should try to minimise the amount of prompting.
> 
Have you actually watched an upgrade of timezones?

No promting occurs.

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