On Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 02:20:38PM +1100, Matthew Palmer <email@example.com> was heard to say:
> OK, so if there is a file used by a package but not owned by it, how do I
> find out that a package already uses that file?
How often is this going to happen in practice?
In share and lib, we put everything in a directory named after the
package, with a few exceptions which won't be an issue here.
(shared libraries aren't, but those should always be shipped in the
Similarly, in /etc, files get named in some way after the package
the vast majority of the time. (vimrc, /etc/apache, etc) In fact,
the only examples that spring to mind where this *isn't* the case
are either hallowed by tradition (printcap) or are common files for
a number of packages, with names that seem unlikely to be used for
some other purpose.
Given that it hasn't happened yet with thousands of packages in the
archive, I think that it's not worth losing sleep over. It's probably
less effort to catch these things via bug-filing than via other
mechanisms. It might be useful to have a list of such files somewhere
for informational purposes, but I doubt it would be worth the effort
necessary to compile it.
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