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Re: [Pkg-hpijs-devel] Bug#562194: hplip: hp-plugin writes to /usr/share

On Sat, 2009-12-26 at 17:47 +1100, Mark Purcell wrote:
> On Thursday 24 December 2009 05:30:25 Tim Retout wrote:
> > hp-plugin downloads firmware and plugins into
> > /usr/share/hplip/data/{firmware,plugins}.  To quote the FHS:
> > 
> >   /var is specified here in order to make it possible to mount /usr
> >   read-only. Everything that once went into /usr that is written to
> >   during system operation (as opposed to installation and software
> >   maintenance) must be in /var.
> Tim,
> The firmware downloaded is only used during installation of specific new 
> printers.
> Once you have installed your printer you can mount /usr read-only and your 
> system will operate correctly.

Okay.  I think I can accept this reasoning, although it breaks my
intuition that dpkg should control everything under /usr/share.  I am
copying debian-devel to perhaps get some other opinions on how to
interpret the FHS when it talks about "installation and software

I can't see any cleanup of these directories in any hplip postrm files,
so I don't think these directories will be removed after a purge?  I can
file that as a separate bug once I've confirmed it, if you like.

Tim Retout <tim@retout.co.uk>

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