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

On Tue, Oct 26, 2004 at 07:16:47PM +0200, Frank Küster wrote:
> martin f krafft <madduck@debian.org> schrieb:

> > For reference, here are two points that came up on IRC:

> It's good that you keep us non-chatters informed. However:

> >   - 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.

> Now, where is the possible policy bug?

It isn't a policy bug at all; it's a case of a package that's violating
policy.  (apt-spy, if the thread parent is no longer apparent.)

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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