Re: use and abuse of debconf
Joey Hess wrote:
>It has recently come to my attention that several developers are using
>debconf as an excuse to write a quick hack rather than doing things
>right. In particular I am talking about several packages that use
>debconf to prompt the user for information, then write the information
>to a file in /etc, and when upgraded or reconfigured, clobber any
>manual changes to the file (and no, I'm not just talking about lilo).
>And this as its postinst:
>echo "# DO NOT modify this file; it is automatically generated." > /etc/foo
While I support your general case, the use of this particular example does
not help it. Presumably this file (besides containing the above warning
line) is not marked as a conffile, so the maintainer should have the right
to modify it. Of course, if it is a conffile, the warning is inappropriate.
Oliver Elphick Oliver.Elphick@lfix.co.uk
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