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Re: dpatch and patching debian/rules

On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 03:11:13PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Lars Wirzenius <liw@liw.iki.fi> writes:
> > /etc/issue is meant for the sysadmin to edit. It is free form
> > text. /etc/lsb-release is not.
> All conffiles are there for the sysadmin to edit.

Yes, but all conffiles have a function.

The function of /etc/lsb-release is to provide the lsb package with
information about the version of the supported LSB on the system. The
function of /etc/issue is to provide a message before logon.

Using the latter to perform the former's function is like using a chisel
as a screwdriver. It might work, but it's not really the right tool for
the job.

     smog  |   bricks
 AIR  --  mud  -- FIRE
soda water |   tequila
 -- with thanks to fortune

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