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Re: Application files in $HOME

On Tue, Jul 01, 2003 at 12:49:10PM +0100, Esteban Manchado Vel?zquez wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 30, 2003 at 10:57:40PM +0200, Matthias Urlichs wrote:
> > Anyway, there's email readers (my .sylpheed is 73 MBytes), news
> > readers, picture browsers, ... my ~/.sylpheed is bigger than my
> > ~/.kde.
>    73 Mbytes? What does sylpheed save in its directory? Sent mail,
> perhaps? If so, I personally would be *very* pissed off if
> uninstalling the package would delete all my sent mail (even if it
> were a custom binary format).
>    Now, if one removes or purges, say, KDE to install an unofficial
> version... would (s)he loose all his icons and configuration?
>    It would be nice, perhaps, having a tool to do it "by hand", but I
> don't think everybody wants it to be done automatically when removing
> packages.

Indeed, it's definitely an incredibly bad idea to try to remove things
in users' home directories by hand. Consider people who keep their home
directories in sync (whether it be version control, NFS, unison, or
whatever) across multiple systems. Those people definitely don't want
purging a package on just one system to mess about with their shared
home directory.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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