Re: WARNING: Re: debhelper & /usr/bin/passwd
In article <19990125204530.E748@kitenet.net> you write:
>Joey Hess wrote:
>> I'd say installing debhelper 1.2.28 with --force-conflicts is a _very_ bad
>Unfortunatly, it looks like the current version of dpkg has
>--force-overwrite (which is what I meant to say above) enabled by default.
>And so anyone who ran dselect in the past 24 hours and upgraded from
>unstable has probably beeen bitten by this bad package.
My understanding of dpkg/dselect/apt-get isn't extremely good, but
I have noticed this behaviour, too. However, at the time, I assumed
the apt-get forced the file to be overwritten because the package
I was installing was required/base (ldso from memory, but this
problem has already been fixed). Now I am not so sure.
Can you be certain that dselect doesn't give dpkg the --force-overwrite
My versions of dpkg claim that --force-overwrite isn't on be default
(otherwise it should have [*] after it):
dpkg forcing options - control behaviour when problems found:
warn but continue: --force-<thing>,<thing>,...
stop with error: --refuse-<thing>,<thing>,... | --no-force-<thing>,...
auto-select [*] (De)select packages to install (remove) them
dowgrade [*] Replace a package with a lower version
configure-any Configure any package which may help this one
hold Process incidental packages even when on hold
bad-path PATH is missing important programs, problems likely
not-root Try to (de)install things even when not root
overwrite Overwrite a file from one package with another
overwrite-diverted Overwrite a diverted file with an undiverted version
depends-version [!] Turn dependency version problems into warnings
depends [!] Turn all dependency problems into warnings
conflicts [!] Allow installation of conflicting packages
architecture [!] Process even packages with wrong architecture
overwrite-dir [!] Overwrite one package's directory with another's file
remove-reinstreq [!] Remove packages which require installation
remove-essential [!] Remove an essential package
WARNING - use of options marked [!] can seriously damage your installation.
Forcing options marked [*] are enabled by default.