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Bug#914443: usrmerge: run dry-mode first and only if this succeeds, do actual changes

package: usrmerge
severity: wishlist
x-debbugs-cc: debian-devel@lists.debian.org

On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 03:28:37PM +0100, Stephan Seitz wrote:
> > at the moment, the only issues that are known when installing the
> > usrmerge package is when there are different binaries with the same
> > name in /bin and /usr/bin (or /sbin), and I really don't think that
> > this is actually a likely scenario.
> I don’t know but I’ve seen enough strange installations.
indeed, life is strange.

> It would be good if the usrmerge package would do a dry-run as part of the
> installation. If there are duplicate files the list will be printed (or
> mailed) and the installation will fail without breaking the whole upgrade
> process. The the admin can fix the problem later.

filing this idea as a wishlist bug against the usrmerge package.

btw: what do you think about providing usrmerge in stretch-backports?


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