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Re: software updates file in /usr -- policy bug?

hey martin,

On Tue, Oct 26, 2004 at 05:47:03PM +0200, martin f krafft wrote:
>   - The administrator has no place in /usr, it's the package
>     manager's domain.
>   - Tools keep MD5 sums for files installed. When a file in /usr
>     changes, it is usually an indication of something fishy; thus,
>     certain programmes will fire alarms.
> Lastly, the policy promises that /usr can be read-only and
> guarantees software to be fully functional.

fwiw i think it's Very Wrong that any package or tool should try and update
the contents of anything in /usr outside of placing their pre-packaged
files in there[1].  if this information is variable state, then it should
go where variable state information is supposed to go, no question about
it.  if the admin should be able to edit it, there's a place for that
too.  neither of these is /usr...


[1] of course, symlinks, diversions, etc all fall in the same spirit.


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