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Re: What should postrm purge actually do?

On Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 08:58:54PM +0200, 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)

So a good installer knows when you mount your $HOME on multiple machines
and use some config files only on some machines? </irony>

Its the job of the user to cleanup his home. He knows best what he still
needs. Or at least should know.


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