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

On 17-Jul-03, 05:42 (CDT), Herbert Xu <herbert@gondor.apana.org.au> wrote: 
> Well firstly it doesn't purge conffiles from old dosemu packages.
> There used to be a number of conffiles in /var/lib/dosemu.

Herbert, I'm quite sure that your are capable of writing the appropriate
for loop.

> Secondly I've already given my opinion on this kind of ad hoc
> reaction to this kind of bug reports.  We should either come up
> with a coherent policy of how what postrm's can and can't do or
> educate people to think before purging.

We have a coherent policy: thou shalt not erase user data. How hard
is this to understand? Cron's postrm doesn't remove /var/spool/cron,
despite the fact that every file in there was put there by crontab (or
at least, should have been), because it is (or might be) non-recoverable
user data. 

You know, it wouldn't be that hard to change cron to put the files in
~/.crontab. In that case should they be erased? If not, why should I
erase them if they are under /var/spool/crontab?


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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