Re: Adam Di Carlo vs debmake
>>"Santiago" == Santiago Vila <email@example.com> writes:
Santiago> Policy has not always been clear about conffiles vs configuration
Santiago> files. Fortunately this is expected to improve some day.
Policy, and dpkg, have always been very clear about what makes
someting a conffile. (Configuration files are another matter, but the
policy in question is aboput conffiles).
`conffiles' are files which are (a) included in the `filesystem
tree' part of a .deb file and (b) listed in the `conffiles' file in
the control area part. These are treated specially by dpkg (see the
programmers' manual or whatever it is nowadays for details); broadly
speaking the effect is that if only one out of the package maintainer
or the sysadmin changes the file then the changes will be honoured
whoever produced them, but if both do the sysadmin is prompted and
has to fix it themselves. dpkg will take care of not overwriting the
sysadmin's changes, and will remove the file automatically on purge.
"OK, now let's look at four dimensions on the blackboard." Dr. Joy
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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