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Re: Silly Packaging Problem

sean finney <seanius@debian.org> writes:

> On Thu, Aug 10, 2006 at 11:01:30AM +0100, martin f krafft wrote:
>> No, at least not for /etc. You could install the file, the overwrite
>> it, but files installed to /etc by dpkg are conffiles and those must
>> not be touched programmatically, according to policy.
> i think a better solution (and one that has been proposed in the past)
> would be to have a way of providing dpkg with information about such
> dynamically created files.  this would also be helpful for stuff like
> logfiles.
> a fairly straightforward (says he who has not looked at dpkg's source)
> would be to provide a new file in the control section of the deb
> which contained a series of globs which could be used to match such
> files.  then, if a query through dpkg -S fails to find an owner of
> a file it could go through the potentially longer process of searching
> through these files, reporting all matches.
> 	sean

How about allowing conffiles to list files that are generated at
install time and are not included in the deb?


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