dpkg -- overwrite empty directories?
I have a package that Replaces: another package. The former package
stored files in a particular directory (/usr/lib/foo); when the package
is removed, it leaves that directory behind, empty. The new package has
a symlink at that location, instead of a directory. dpkg, however, does
not replace the directory with the symlink. Hence, I have to
specifically check for this situation in maintainer scripts, and remove
the empty directory if it exists.
Am I way off base here, or would it be robust behavior for dpkg to
replace empty directories with symlinks, files, whatever, if the empty
directory is not claimed by a currently installed package? It could be
argued that the package that left the empty directory behind is broken,
so I'm looking for circumstances in which my proposed behavior would
present a problem.
Perhaps a warning would also be a good idea, so that the replacement
package doesn't silently fail when a directory was attempted to be
Ryan Underwood, <nemesis at icequake.net>, icq=10317253