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Re: Bug#201023: dosemu: purging doesmu wipes out all user data under /var/lib/dosemu)

On 14-Jul-03, 17:37 (CDT), Herbert Xu <herbert@gondor.apana.org.au> wrote: 
> Steve Greenland <steveg@moregruel.net> wrote:
> > 
> > Sorry, the data under /var/whatever is NOT solely owned by the package.
> > You might want to check with the mysql and postgres maintainers, as well
> > as the MTA maintainers, about the proper way to deal with this.
> Those packages are doing exactly the wrong thing by prompting before
> we have all agreed on this policy.

References, please? The last time this came up regarding the database
packages, I recall that there was no consensus, and that the prompting
was the work around.

And are you seriously suggesting that that an mail package that deleted
/var/mail/* on a purge would be acceptable? Or even it's own mail queue?
I might be moving that to another system. Yes, I should have done it
before (and personally, I would have), but there's no way on earth you
can call it anything but user data, and removing it is not acceptable.

> This is akin to aliasing rm to 'rm -i'.  The user gets accustomed to
> purging packages without thinking which will only bite them later on.

Not, not equivalent at all. If I say rm -rf /some/directory/here, it
damn well better not touch /other/directory/there.


Steve Greenland
    The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
    system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
    world.       -- seen on the net

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