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Re: we need more variation for conffiles

From: Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org>
Subject: Re: we need more variation for conffiles
Date: 14 Feb 2000 16:04:05 -0600

>  Atsuhito> there are cases in which it is better to replace files by default.
>         But these cases are version dependent; a file that in version
>  3.2 should not override the users changes, may need to override them
>  in version 3.2.1

Yes of course.  There should be some mechanism to treat these
problems well.  And there is a candidate for this mechanism as follows:

From: "Tom Rothamel" <tom-11001@onegeek.org>
Subject: Re: we need more variation for conffiles
Date: 15 Feb 2000 00:40:20 -0000

> Perhaps the way this could be implemented would be to have a seperate
> file, conffiles.replace, with lines like:
> <file> <version>
> If the package install takes it through <version>, then dpkg will come
> back with a message reccomending that the user take the new version,
> perhaps with the opportunity to edit it before installing.

I do not want to insist that my proposal is a good solution
but only want that your attention is focused on this issue.

Perhaps there are some developers who have thought that some
more flexible mechanism for conffiles are necessary.

I am not a programmer so I do not have (or even guess) the perfect
solution but I hope that this will cause some progress in this

Thanks in advance,		2000.2.15

 Debian JP Developer - much more I18N of Debian
 Atsuhito Kohda <kohda@pm.tokushima-u.ac.jp>
 Department of Math., Tokushima Univ.

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