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Re: Can/should debconf notes still be used?

Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:

>> Yes, we'll do it only once anyway.
> How do you plan to ensure that?  

Sorry, no plan, I was just dreaming.  Or deliring. 

> Since old versions of the tetex packages
> with the broken postrm are still in the wild, and a user may have already
> removed the tetex package but *not* purged it yet by the time fixed tetex
> packages became available, AFAICS any strategy that will make sure that the
> conffiles are only restored once (e.g., by only restoring the conffiles when
> upgrading from an older version of the texlive packages) will not be able to
> reliably fix this problem for all users.

Exactly.  And I think it's not worth the effort to do some weird "touch
/var/whatever" stuff which is error-prone again.  As long as Debian
packages of texlive-base require the presence of modes.mf to be
configured, and Debian packages of tl-base-bin require pdftexconfig.tex,
we simply restore it with the original content if we find it removed.

In case someone really wants to hack their system to not need the file
(and loose any support by us), they can just have a file with only
"%%\bye" or "\endinput" in it, respectively, which will of course

Regards, Frank
Dr. Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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