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Bug#1921: update-alternatives prompt, dpkg conffile show diff

Christopher J. Fearnley wrote:
>3.  When updating conffiles, would it be possible for dpkg to present the
>sysadmin with a diff of the installed conffile and the one in the
>archive?  This might help one determine if they should start over from
>scratch, back up current copies, or whatever.

In order to do this, dpkg should squirrel away (possibly in a
compressed archive or the like) a copy of the original conffile on
package installation.  At the moment, it only keeps an MD5 checksum of
each conffile.

I would find this very useful, personally, just for finding out just
what changes I've made to my system's conffiles.

Charles Briscoe-Smith
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