Re: Release-critical Bugreport for February 19, 1999
On 19 Feb 1999, Eloy A. Paris wrote:
> BugScan reporter <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Package: mtools (main)
> > Maintainer: Mark Eichin <email@example.com>
> > 23923 mtools: Syntax error at line 3 column 0 in file /etc/mtools.conf: unrecognized keyword
> Come on!!! This is not a bug [...]
This has been reported three times, please read the *three* bug reports
before saying "it is not a bug".
I'll explain: The conffile in hamm's mtools was functional. Therefore many
people had this file *untouched*.
But when you upgrade mtools from hamm to slink and you have *not* mofified
the configuration file for mtools, dpkg replaces, *without* asking
a working configuration file by a non-working one (because of dpkg
handling of "conffiles").
The result is that mtools stops working from hamm to slink, but surely you
should not reconfigure a package every time you upgrade it.
In this case I think it is much better to have in slink the same mtools
version as in hamm and for this reason I marked this bug as "important"
(so that at least we do not break any existing setup). However, it seems
this is going to be fixed the right way, fortunately.