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Re: Why is help so hard to find?

On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 09:44:12PM +0000, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 10:11:51AM -0800, Mike Bird wrote:
> > If that impression is wrong, I'd really like to fix at least
> > two major bugs in Squeeze:
> > 
> > (1) sysv-rc upgrade should not bring in insserv and wreck
> > startup on systems more complicated than a basic laptops,
> This is an exaggeration.

I've yet to find a single system which upgraded to insserv cleanly.
This is mostly due to removed packages which need fully purging to
remove the last traces of old init scripts which break the process.

I'm not sure that there's a great deal that can be done to mitigate
this without user intervention, but IMHO this one is a real concern
since it makes it virtually impossible to upgrade without having a
manual purge of all deinstalled packages with conffiles remaining.
This has proven to be the case on every system I've migrated so far,
and it is a real pain to identify each offending script and then
find which package it belonged to and purge it.


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