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Re: rm -rf /usr/somedir in maintainer scripts?

gregor herrmann <gregoa@debian.org> writes:
> On Sat, 29 Sep 2012 20:29:09 -0400, Nikolaus Rath wrote:
>> >>>> I've solved that in the
>> >>>> preinst script by 'rm -rf /usr/include/libfm' and I thought yet that was
>> >>>> a right step since upgrade 1.0.1 -> 1.0.2 went smooth.
>> >>>Somehow that sounds like a really bad idea to me. Admittedly manually
>> >>>placing some file in /usr/include/libfm is pretty ugly, but I would
>> >>>still certainly not expect that upgrading the libfm package would remove
>> >>>it.
>> >>>Is that really good practice? Can packages "own" a directory, so that
>> >>>anything that the local admin puts there may be removed automatically?
> Yes, there's no guarantee that a directory belonging to a package
> will be there after the next upgrade.

How do I check if a directory belongs to a package?

What should package do if it wants to install a file in a directory
owned by another package?



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