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Re: user removal in postrm

On Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 5:33 PM, Lars Wirzenius wrote:

> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=621833 and its merged
> bugs are a discussion about changing or setting the policy on this.
> The consensus is that packages should never remove the users they
> create.

I tend to think it should be fine for packages to delete
files/dirs/users that "belong" to the package.

The problem occurs when data that "belongs" to the sysadmin (and not
to the package; website data, databases, email queues etc) is stored
in directories specific to the package and with filesystem ownership
set to the user created by the package, rather than a filesystem path
and user chosen, created and managed by the sysadmin.

It would be very nice if we could separate these two cases; as a side
effect, this would solve this purging users problem. That said, I
think idea is impossible to do at present.



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