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Re: freedom-subtracted.debian.org (was: Re: KDE)

On Wed, Mar 10, 1999 at 11:20:32PM -0500, Jonathan P Tomer wrote:
> this is i think actually a policy problem: packages remove their conffiles
> only in the postrm purge phase, whereas the very nature of postrm is such
> that dpkg does nothing else afterwards (like removing dirs).

You misunderstand the concept of conffiles. dpkg handles conffiles, they are
usually not managed in the postrm script (or any script at all).

A second thing you may not be aware of is that removing a packaging is a
different thing than purging it (- vs _ in dselect).

The difference is exactly that removing must leave the conffiles around,
while purging should remove them.

This is so that you can actually remove a package and install it later,
without loosing your configuration.


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