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

Hi Blars,

On Wed, 26 Nov 2003, Blars Blarson wrote:

> Several packages I have installed (and presumably others I havn't)
> modify /etc/alises in the install scripts.

apache* does to add the webmaster alias.

>  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 ?

In my opinion you should file a bug against the packages that change the
file in an incosistent way, such as changing the file to a symlink (or
viceversa). I don't see bad things happening in adding an alias if done in
a sane way (without wildly replace an existing one for eg.), but once an
alias is added it should not be removed by any package.

> 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.

Find a proper solution and consensum. As part of the debian apache
maintainers team we will take proper actions.


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