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Re: Some file-in-etc-not-marked-as-conffile RC bugs

On Tue, Oct 19, 2004 at 01:02:50AM +0200, Bill Allombert wrote:
> I stomped across

> <http://lintian.debian.org/reports/Tfile-in-etc-not-marked-as-conffile.html>

> It seems several packages fail to declare conffiles as such, which is
> a serious policy violation given that user change will not be preserved
> across upgrades.

> Someone with more time than I have currently should probably check them.
> A cursory look give as 'worst offender':

> gdm: /etc/gdm/factory-gdm.conf
> gnocatan-meta-server: /etc/init.d/gnocatan-meta-server
> pimd: /etc/pimd.conf 
> ratmenu: /etc/menu-methods/ratmenu
> vsftpd:  /etc/ftpusers /etc/init.d/vsftpd
> wdm: /etc/logrotate.d/wdm

> Sorry for any false positive.
> Comments about how a non-conffile-to-conffile migration should be implement
> welcome.

If you mean to try to preserve existing changes to these files on upgrade,
that would require a bit of nasty preinst hacking.  Trivially, though,
getting the files marked as conffiles in the *current* version of the
packages is far better for our users going forward.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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