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Bug#252212: marked as done (general: some packages don't list their /etc/default file)



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Package: general
Severity: minor

Some packages don't list their /etc/default file:
$ dlocate /etc/default/|wc -l; ls /etc/default/|wc -l
16
27
I could file individual bugs on the ones that don't list their file,
but that would only fix it for the ones I happen to have installed.

(Lintian might check for this, if it doesn't already.)

(Or, (yuck) if they aren't supposed to list it, then bugs should be filed
against those who do.)

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From: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <hmh@debian.org>
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Subject: Re: Bug#252212: general: some packages don't list their /etc/default file
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On Wed, 02 Jun 2004, Dan Jacobson wrote:
> Some packages don't list their /etc/default file:
> $ dlocate /etc/default/|wc -l; ls /etc/default/|wc -l
> 16
> 27
> I could file individual bugs on the ones that don't list their file,
> but that would only fix it for the ones I happen to have installed.

Don't.  Read up on conffiles versus config files, and why and when something
that will go into /etc is not to be shipped inside of the .deb.  

This is done by design, and on purpose.  Both sets of package are correct,
and their choice of shipping the default file in the .deb or creating it on
the maintainer scripts is a matter of the functionality they need.

Of course, we could just rip out all this debconf crap for configuring
packages, so that we can ship everything in the .deb in 99% of the cases.
No?  I guessed as much.  All you can do is live with this issue.

Bug closed.  The functionality you want is already accounted for in one of
the dpkg bugs.  It is probably going to be a long time until it is
implemented (but I hope otherwise. It would be quite useful).

-- 
  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh



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