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Re: RFC: OpenRC as Init System for Debian

On 10/05/2012 19:55, Don Armstrong wrote:
> On Thu, 10 May 2012, Uoti Urpala wrote:
>> You're pretty much just saying that dpkg and helpers like ucf have
>> implemented better functionality than rpm. I don't see how that's
>> relevant to the discussion.
> The reason why it is relevant is because in the etc-overrides-lib
> model you are unable to trivially merge local changes with upstream or
> packaging changes unless you add additional logic in the postinst to
> handle etc-overrides-lib. Having configuration files in /etc and using
> ucf or similar enables you to deal with this problem easily.
> Don Armstrong
I do not know about trivially merging changes in the etc-overrides-lib
model, but in the current model, I am presented with the dpkg prompt
about conffiles for some programs where I added (or changed) only one
line (off the top of my head: only the servers list in roundcube, for
example), and dpkg does not propose to merge the two files: I am either
stuck with keeping my old file, taking the new, or using a shell. All
these things are interactive and prevent unattended upgrades without
disruption of services.

When the merging possibilities of dpkg will have been enhanced, I may
reconsider, but currently, I prefer the
etc-overrides-lib-only-where-present as superior to the current state.

Jean-Christophe Dubacq

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