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Re: how to fully replace another package

On Aug 23, Gustavo Noronha Silva <kov@debian.org> wrote:

> > The (still not uploaded) coldplug package conflicts+depends+provides
> > hotplug. The issue is that since all the important parts of hotplug are
> > conffiles they are not deleted when the package is removed, and this
> > is bad (as in "the system will probably not boot" bad).
> I can't understand why that would be the case; could you please
> elaborate?
Think "hotplug events loop".

> I think you should simply not be going that way; the conffiles are to
> remain, you should not be touching them. I think I'd go for a 'move them
> aside to some kind of backup place and warn the admin by email (debconf
> note)'.
No way, this is a waste of admins' time and most of the times would have
the effect of leaving orphaned files on systems.


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