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Re: Joe [and MANY others] doesn't delete its config directory[ies] on purge

On Mon, Feb 11, 2002 at 07:31:03PM -0600, Adam Heath wrote:

> On Mon, 11 Feb 2002, Josip Rodin wrote:
> > And it's a dpkg bug, BTW.
> I have a package, jboss-server.  It has a directory, /etc/jboss/lib.  This is
> used to add items into it's classpath(thru symlinks or whathaveyou).
> Removing that dir during purge really shouldn't be done.  Also, there could be
> the situation where another package installs a file underneath /etc/jboss(I
> have it all modularized), and not depend on jboss-server.  If jboss-server
> were to do an unconditional remove, I would have bugs filed against me.
> I also take exception to you calling this a dpkg bug.  If files exist in a
> directory that dpkg does not know about, it doesn't touch them.  Do you
> honestly want dpkg to remove those files, just so it can remove the directory?

I thought he was referring to #59343/#59344/#61531/#69553/#93037/#94409/
#107174/#111841/#112439/#112515/#113843, where empty directories that
contained only conffiles are left behind after a purge.

Curretly, packages must rmdir --ignore-fail-on-non-empty in the maintainer
script to avoid this situation.

 - mdz

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