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Request for Discussion about Account Handling in Maintainer Scripts Wiki Page


Whether an account created by a package should be deleted or not has
been discussed a million times. But it looks like the results of these
discussions were never written down.

I have created a wiki page,


which tries to neutrally summarize my knowledge about what to do with
system accounts needed by packages.

Of course, a big part of the debate is whether to remove accounts in
postinst or not, and whether to do it during removal or during purge.
This is the actually most important part of discussion IMO since I
think it should be avoided to add complexity to maintainer scripts.

I'd like to solicit your opinions to this wiki page and would
appreciate if we could have the discussion here and have me
incorporate the changes into the wiki page. That way, rationales can
be put into the wiki text as well.


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