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Re: What should postrm purge actually do?

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On 06/03/08 13:58, Jeffrey Ratcliffe wrote:
> 2008/6/3 sean finney <seanius@debian.org>:
>> a purge should only remove files that were installed by the package or
>> otherwise incidentally generated in FHS compliant locations. data created in
>> users' home directories is definitely outside such a scope.  i.e., if dpkg
>> couldn't put files there, it shouldn't try to remove files from there.
> Fine. Although it always annoyed me that my $HOME filled up with
> spurious dotfiles whose origin I'm not necessarily sure of, and that a
> good installer could know to remove them if the package were purged.
> Or is there a better solution? (I'm not sure it is gconf)

As a user, I'd be really peeved if postrm automagically deleted my
$HOME files.

An informational message saying that "app(s) in this package created
the file(s) $HOME/.xyzzy and gconf entries A, B & C" would be
helpful, though.

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Ron Johnson, Jr.
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