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Re: The future of non-dependency-based boot

On Wed, 11 Apr 2012, Brian May wrote:
> On 10 April 2012 16:06, Yves-Alexis Perez <corsac@debian.org> wrote:
> >> dpkg -l | awk '/^rc/ {print $2}' | xargs --no-run-if-empty dpkg --purge
> >>
> > That's a pretty dangerous line. People (sometimes) don't purge packages
> > for a reason, you might lose data here.
> Under some circumstances it can delete configuration files that are in
> use by active packages.
> e.g. package b replaces package a, however uses the same set of
> configuration files - purge package a and it will delete the
> configuration
> files now in use by package b.

Err, no. At least dpkg shouldn't do that. If you can reproduce it, please
file a bug.

(Make sure it's not some postrm that is badly behaving)

Raphaël Hertzog ◈ Debian Developer

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