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Re: piuparts-MBF: prompting due to modified conffiles which where not modified by the user

Holger Levsen wrote:
> Hi,
> for some packages the piuparts upgrade test failed because dpkg detected a 
> conffile as being modified and then prompted the user for an action. As there 
> is no user input, this fails. But this is not the real problem, the real 
> problem is that this prompt shows up in the first place, as there was nobody 
> modifying this conffile at all, the package has just been installed and 
> upgraded... 
> This is a violation of policy 10.7.3, see 
> http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-files.html#s10.7.3, which 
> says "[These scripts handling conffiles] must not ask unnecessary questions 
> (particularly during upgrades), and must otherwise be good citizens." 
> Affected packages are: 


> I'm a bit uncertain with what severity to file these bugs, OTOH it's quite 
> harmless, OTOH this is clearly a violation of a must-requierement in policy 
> and whats more important, it confuses the user (who likely will manually try 
> to find the changes) and makes upgrading more painful. 
> Opinions on the severity to file these bugs?

Serious at least, it's so annoying to see unneeded prompts when installing
packages (actually it's annoying to see prompts ;) ). It's a must violation, so
RC fits.


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