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


On Tue, Jul 15, 2003 at 10:52:35PM +0200, Sam Hocevar wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 15, 2003, Herbert Xu wrote:
> > dosemu is not the only package which removes /var/lib/<package-name>
> > when it is purged.
>    Isn't that a policy violation anyway? Another package might be
> using /var/lib/<package-name> for any reason.

And the user may do so, who is arguably more important than any package
whatsoever. (S)he should also be allowed to put data anywhere.

Therefore, no /directory/ is ever solely owned by any package, by
definition. That means that rm -rf is *always* wrong in a postrm.
Directories that are created by the package during installation or
operation should only be removed if they are empty after removing the
package's files.

Policy doesn't seem to put it as strongly, but I sure think it should.



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