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Re: Bug#150514: Uer maodifications _must_ bre preserved, even is a co-admin said otherwise a few releases ago

>>"Gordon" == Gordon Russell <gor@dcs.napier.ac.uk> 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
 Gordon> activity.

	Yes, that is extremely silly,and I am glad I said nothing of
 the sort. 

 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
 called perfect. 

	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
 Gordon> question).

	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   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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