Re: we need more variation for conffiles
From: Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: we need more variation for conffiles
Date: 16 Feb 2000 04:49:00 -0600
> >>"Atsuhito" == Atsuhito Kohda <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Atsuhito> I do not think that there is a perfect solution that can
> Atsuhito> handle every situation well, at least it might be difficult
> Atsuhito> to find such solution, but I only want some better mechanism
> Atsuhito> of conffiles than the current one.
> Do we need to change the mechanism, really? Can't the package
> ask, in the postinst, to make changes anyway? ideally, the postinst
> can make the changes without losing the users local changes. At
> worst, the user is informed by the postinst that the new, improved,
> fixed postinst lies in /usr/share/doc/<pkg>/something.
> You need only ask the user of you detect a broken conffile.
Yes but I think these methods might need an extra burden of
> Frankly, by not making scripts conffiles we can go a long way
> towards avoiding problems.
> And when problems do arise, I think a well written postinst
> can fix the issue.
But I think this needs pretty good efforts for the maintainer
and the results might be satisfactory or not depending on the
ability of the maintainer.
> We may need toreexamin the conffile handling in the future, I
> am just not convinced that we have been rpesented with a compelling
> argument yet.
I do not intend to say that "the conffile replaced by default"
is the unique method or the best method. I should repeat the
sentence; that depends on the packages.
Certainly there are cases in which a well written postinst is
appropriate and some cases in which providing information to the
user is appropriate; and don't you think that there might be cases
in which "the conffile replaced by default" might be appropriate?
I think it might help both the maintainer and the user in some
Thanks in advance, 2000.2.18
Debian JP Developer - much more I18N of Debian
Atsuhito Kohda <email@example.com>
Department of Math., Tokushima Univ.