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Re: Debian Policy "10.7.4 Sharing configuration files" question

On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 11:15:57 +0300, Alexander GQ Gerasiov wrote:

> Hello there.
> I found, that package rtpg-www modifies /etc/hosts on installation/purge
> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=608451
> I thing this violate 10.7.4
> "The maintainer scripts must not alter a conffile of any package,
> including the one the scripts belong to."
/etc/hosts is not a conffile, so it doesn't violate that part.

However, the squeeze RC policy says [1]

        Packages must not modify other packages' configuration files
        except by an agreed upon APIs (eg, a /usr/sbin/update-foo command).

which might well apply.

[1] http://release.debian.org/squeeze/rc_policy.txt


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