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Bug#152299: dpkg: Should warn when 3rd-party file effects (un)installation

Package: dpkg
Version: 1.10.2
Severity: wishlist

When dpkg encounters a package's installed file that has been modified
by the user, it doesn't by default replace it with a new version.
Instead, it just leaves the file there and skips the new version's

This is a prime source of system-breakage.  For instance, I've had X
become broken twice in the last year when dpkg didn't replace an old
.so driver file for my video card on upgrade, and have had it happen
in other cases as well.

While I think it's a good thing for dpkg to be conservative and keep
the 3rd-party file, I think that we could solve the system-breakage
problem by giving a warning during dpkg's install/uninstall process
when a 3rd-party file is not removed/replaced.  If I had seen such a
warning during my last upgrades, I would have been saved from a lot of
ugly debugging.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.0
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux cheeseskin 2.4.18-k7 #1 Sun Apr 14 13:19:11 EST 2002 i686
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US

Versions of packages dpkg depends on:
ii  dselect                       1.10.2     a user tool to manage Debian packa
ii  libc6                         2.2.5-7    GNU C Library: Shared libraries an

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