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/etc/aliases and policy -- possible mass bug filing

Several packages I have installed (and presumably others I havn't)
modify /etc/alises in the install scripts.  This is presumably a
configuration file, which should be owned by a single package.  They
don't even do so in a consistant way that will work with each other.
(Sendmail makes it a symbolic link.  Other packages replace the
symbolic link with a file.)  When adopting cnews, I changed the
install script not to modify /etc/aliases.

Should I file serious bugs against non-MTA packages modifying
/etc/aliases ? 

What seems to be Debian way to handle this is to have a /etc/alises.d
directory that has individual files for each pacakge, and have the
newaliases program handle whatever merging is needed.  This would at
minimum require cooperation from all MTA packages, and may require a
policy modifacation.

Blars Blarson			blarson@blars.org
With Microsoft, failure is not an option.  It is a standard feature.

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