Re: It's Huntin' Season
On 4 Feb 2002, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> Adam Heath <email@example.com> writes:
> > > Should we change the Debian Emacs policy to allow me to put them
> > > somewhere else?
> > Emacs policy is wrong in this sense then. Emacs policy does not replace
> > Debian Policy, it enhances it. And Debian Policy is very clear about files
> > in /etc.
> I think the situation is: Emacs policy is inadvertently wrong. Emacs
> policy should be fixed. Maintainers who are conforming to Emacs
> policy should not be blamed for following the rules that they thought
> they should follow. Once the emacs policy is fixed, the packages that
> use it should then be fixed.
No, they should be blamed. Debian Policy is very blunt in this manner. Files
in /etc are configuration files. Files in /etc shipped in debs are conffiles,
and must not be modified by scripts.
Configuration files(of which conffiles are a subset) must maintain user edits.
It's really very plain.
You can't ignore one policy in favor of another. Emacs Policy extends Debian
Policy, it doesn't subplant it.