Re: Debian Configuration Packaging System
I'll note that we wrap our dpkg-divert calls with a bunch of
error-handling code that we found quite important for correctly recovering
from people hitting ^C in the middle of installation (see
for the code). Earlier iterations that did not do this were plagued with
problems whenever there were errors in installation.
We also ran into a few packages which will overwrite configuration files
that they manage via debconf, overwriting our symlink every time the
relevant package is upgraded. But I think that's a bug in those Debian
packages, since the same problem would occur for any manual changes to
those configuration files as well (I think in the cases I've seen it is a
failure to check whether an upgrade is occuring when generating the
configuration file in postinst).
What other problems have you experienced?
On Sun, 24 Feb 2008, Russ Allbery wrote:
Timothy G Abbott <tabbott@MIT.EDU> writes:
Anders Kaseorg and I created a system of CDBS modules (which we've
tentatively packaged as the config-package-dev package) for creating
Debian configuration packages. By configuration packages, we mean
packages that configure an existing Debian system by applying
dpkg-divert to configuration files. Our configuration package system
makes the process of creating configuration packages efficient.
It's generally accepted wisdom that dpkg-divert doesn't work properly with
configuration files and isn't safe. I admit to have done something
similar in the past, but I have noticed odd things that didn't matter for
my particular use, but which meant that the support didn't work right.
That's likely to be an issue for a general package. Fixing dpkg-divert to
work correctly with configuration files (if possible) would probably be a
Russ Allbery (firstname.lastname@example.org) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>
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