Re: Bug#150514: Uer maodifications _must_ bre preserved, even is a co-admin said otherwise a few releases ago
>>"Gordon" == Gordon Russell <email@example.com> writes:
Gordon> Yes I agree that this seems in breach of Policy.
Good. We agree there.
Gordon> The Policy
Gordon> also goes on to say something about not asking questions on
Gordon> an upgrade.
Gordon> I disagree with your philosophy that debian=multi-user and
Gordon> thus system administration is an uncontrolled multi-user
Yes, that is extremely silly,and I am glad I said nothing of
Gordon> This is not sensible as a procedure, and I will not go out of
Gordon> my way to support uncontrolled system administration where
Gordon> the administrators do not know what they are doing and do not
Gordon> talk to each other.
Of all the silly strawmen I have seen, this is the
silliest. The point I was making was that in real world environments,
when you have a few harried administrators, under heavy load, and too
many machines to look after, perfect communication, and even perfect
memory of what one did a few months ago on some machine is something
that may not be reasonable to expect. You may live in an idealized
world, but I suggest that Debian may not always be used in a place
Having said all that, I am also not sure whether my example is
general enough to be relevant, but it certainly was not as silly as
you were making it out to be.
Gordon> To be honest there is a lot of truth is what you say, but I
Gordon> am sure that the users will not want a debconf question every
Gordon> time (can be done by setting priority high in the debconf
Users seem not to mind when dpkg asks them about conffiles
from time to time, so where are you drawing this conclusion from?
Indeed, I like the fact that sgpkg does ask me every time, and gives
me the option to see a diff and choose, based on the changes made,
whter or not to accept *this particular change*.
I think that for configuration file handling dpkg has set the
gold standard that we ought to be emulating.
The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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