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Re: Purging configurations of non-installed transitional packages

>>>>> "SZALAY" == SZALAY Attila <sasa@pheniscidae.tvnetwork.hu> writes:

    SZALAY> Okay, okay. Let's be more specific. openssh-client and
    SZALAY> openssh-server both Conflicts with ssh (<< 1:3.8.1p1-9)

    SZALAY> ntp package also Conflicts with ntp-server package. So I
    SZALAY> don't understand how it happened.

The fact the package conflict just means that it is not possible have
them fully installed at the same time.

It is still possible to have one package fully installed, while the
other one is removed but not purged.

If you run "dpkg --purge" on the second package it will still run the
maintainer scripts, which will delete its configuration files.

A new version of the second package will not help, as this package has
no way of knowing why you are doing the purge (its it because you are
deleting the package or is it because you have replaced the package
with another one?).

This is, IMHO, a limitation of not having configuration files managed
by dpkg.
Brian May <bam@debian.org>

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