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Re: apt-diff: a tool to diff filesystem content against APT


On Sun, 2010-12-12 at 01:41:38 -0600, Peter Samuelson wrote:
> [brian m. carlson]
> > IIRC, the reason md5sums of conffiles are shipped is to determine
> > whether they have been changed by the administrator so that dpkg
> > knows whether to automatically replace them with newer versions or
> > not.
> Yes, I know.  But the fact that these checksums are needed for dpkg's
> conffile functionality doesn't make them any less redundant.  dpkg
> could just as well generate them just-in-time, at unpack time.

Also unimportant, but that's how dpkg does and has always worked.


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