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Re: mass-installing Debian

Brandon Mitchell <bmitch@surfree.com> writes:

> On Tue, 25 May 1999, Michel Kaempf wrote:
> > On Mon, May 24, 1999, Goswin Brederlow wrote:
> > > Wouldn't it be nice if dpkg would tell you what exactly has changed
> > > between the packages config file and what the difference to your
> > > config is?
> > > 
> > > I allways wonder what has changed, since I normally haven't changed
> > > those files dpkg askes me about.
> > 
> > Everything already exists in dpkg to perform this comparison : when
> > dpkg prompts me for a config file replacement, I type `Z' to get a
> > shell, and I use `diff package.conf package.conf.dpkg-new' to find
> > out the differences between the two files...
> > 
> > I think that making this step automatical would make a dpkg session
> > too verbose and too prompting.
> It doesn't have to be automatic, just available.  There are 5 options now,
> 2 for yes, 2 for no, and one apparently for a shell (forgot about that
> one).  Just add one more for a diff.  Easy and useful.

Its no problem to do, but only one of the diffs can be generated.
dpkg doesn't remember the config file that was originally in the old
package and thus a diff can't be provided neigther by hand nor by dpkg.

May the Source be with you.

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