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Bug#145595: dpkg: --force-overwrite is supposed to be on for releases

On Thu, May 02, 2002 at 04:09:37PM -0600, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> On Fri, 3 May 2002, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> > > I don't really understand why you think pushing changing this setting
> > > off to another package is going to be more robust or easier, either.
> > It means we won't have to do a dpkg upload just to change a default
> > anymore.
> It also means that once a system is installed the behavior won't change if
> they upgrade to unstable...

It'd be relatively straightforward to have the installer enable
force-overwrite on "stable" installs and disable it on "testing" installs.

But for woody, surely the best thing is to just have base-config munge it
(editing /var/lib/dpkg/status if you like) and be done with it? Worrying
about changing it from a conffile to something maintained in the maintainer
scripts can be done when 1.10.x comes out.


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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