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Re: postinst scripts failing because a new conffile wasn't accepted: Is it a bug?

Benjamin Mesing <ben-ml@gmx.net> writes:

> Hello
>> assume that an update to a package brings in a changed conffile, and
>> because the local admin had changed the conffile, he is asked, and he
>> refuses to accept the changed version.
> This brings up an issue that is bothering me as a user since a long
> time. Whenever I change a config file, I have to take care and examine
> changes of the config file in its pacakge. Because most times those
> provide some enhancments (e.g. commented out proposals for new options
> available), mostly it is a good idea to merge the changes into my own
> config. Currently I have to do this merge by hand. However it would be
> much smarter to have an option [M]erge when configuring, allowing to
> merge the changes into the the local config file [1]. (Of course there
> should be also something like: "preview merge" and "preview diff merge
> with current config"). 
> I know this is a little bit tricky, because it requires the old versions
> of the config files to be available, and therefore requires a change in
> the package system (keeping the old config files in a seperate location
> e.g. /var/etc.orig/).
> Now I have two questions: Is such a feature generally desirable? Is
> there someone willing to give it some thought and implement it (I am
> currently short in time) or should I file a wishlist bug against dpkg?


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