Re: It's Huntin' Season
>>"DGMS" == Davide G M Salvetti <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
AH> Yes, correct. I should have said that files in /etc are edittable
AH> config files. This means either using dpkg's conffile mechanism,
AH> or, easily broken maintainer script versions.
FUD. Maybe your maintainer scripts are easily broken, but
others may create robust versions.
DGMS> The Debian auctex and mailcrypt packages don't mark
DGMS> /etc/emacs/site-start.d/50auctex.el and
DGMS> /etc/emacs/site-start.d/50mailcrypt.el as conffiles.
This is a serious bug, as per policy.
DGMS> They are no meant to serve any other purpose, are one-liner, and also
DGMS> aren't meant to be directly edited by the user
Wrong. If they are in /etc/, they are meant to be editable. I
often edit them to use cvs versions instead (which I store _elsewhere)
DGMS> (however, if she actually does it, the packages feature a
DGMS> minimal attempt to preserve her wishes). They are where they
DGMS> are 'cause the Debian Emacs policy requires them to be there.
For a reason. This allows me to use CVS versions on some
machine/user combinations, and Debian versions on others.
DGMS> Should we change the Debian Emacs policy to allow me to put them
DGMS> somewhere else?
We should not.
DGMS> Maybe there is something I overlooked, like some other place outside
DGMS> /etc/ where I could put them while keeping Emacs reading them on
That should be a major reduction in functionality, and I would
be inclined to call it a bug.
DGMS> P.S.: Keep your fingers cool while answering, please. ;-)
The angry man always thinks he can do more than he can. Albertano of
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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