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Re: [PATCH] added --force-* options for conffile handling

On Mon, 11 Oct 1999, Daniel Burrows wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 11, 1999 at 11:37:05AM -0400, Ben Collins was heard to say:
>   Hm.  While you're fixing things up, could you add an option to display a diff
> of <conffile> and <conffile>.dpkg-new, and an option to mail the administrator
> with a list of the conffile changes that might need to be merged? (possibly
> containing these diffs)  See bug #40650 .

And, since the subject has come up, even better, run diff on
<cf>.dpkg-dist and <cf>.dpkg-new, and merge (perhaps using merge(1)) them
into the new conffile.

However, I've never quite satisfied myself that I understand if the
.dpkg-dist file is always there.  (It seems to always be there when I want

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