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Re: Bug#219582: ITP: linux -- Linux 2.4 kernel

On Tue, Nov 11, 2003 at 12:21:32PM +0100, Robert Millan wrote:
> > How do you propose to do that without changing the package name, and
> > without leaving old System.map junk around for eternity? I don't see how
> > it can be possible.
> > 
> > (This is exactly the same question as Matthew asked, of course; but it
> > is an important question relative to this ITP and I want to see it
> > answered.)
> I don't like turning this ITP into a technical discussion to prove either
> my dessign is consistent or I'm capable as a maintainer. However I'll respond
> to your question this time:
>   Place the package files in /usr/lib, and copy them conditionaly (debconf)
>   into /boot. The debconf question would properly explain that if per chooses
>   to update it, then the system must be rebooted promptly.
> Another option:
>   Place the package files in /boot, but save a backup of them before (preinst).
>   Then prompt the user to reboot through debconf.
> Or even a combination of the two.

So, your "solution" is to ask "Should I break your system now or after
the next reboot?". Debconf is not an alternative to fixing the
problem. Such questions are still unacceptable bugs.

Note that the current kernel packages don't break your system before
*or* after rebooting.

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