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Re: Bits from the release team: the plans for etch

On Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 11:07:11AM -0700, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Moreover, the consequences of getting the one wrong are that you
> delete the sysadmin's changes.

It can be worse.

If you create a directory for working files which you remove on package
removal (with rmdir), but which contains local backups the administrator
made, then removing the user could leave that directory owned by another

Now while the package (and the user) is removed, another package with
system user could be installed.

If you now try to install the package again, you wouldn't be able to
write to your own directory anymore, because you don't own it. Hence,
the package might be totally broken.

The amount of time between slipping on the peel and landing on the
pavement is precisely one bananosecond

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