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Bug#156463: marked as done (dpkg: Doesn't replace obsolete dirs with symlinks on upgrade)

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Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 15:51:16 -0400
From: Adam C Powell IV <hazelsct@mit.edu>
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Package: dpkg
Version: 1.10.4
Severity: important


When a package should replace a dir with a symlink on upgrade, it doesn't.

For example, an old libc6-dev on ARM had the directory 
/usr/include/asm/arch which is now a symlink to arch-ebsa285.  Upgrading 
the libc6-dev package left the (empty) dir, and did *not* replace it 
with the symlink of the new package.  Removing libc6-dev successfully 
removed the dir, and reinstalling got the symlink in there.  (See bug 
151669, and the related debian-arm thread started on 2002/8/9.)

So something appears to be wrong with package upgrade.


-Adam P.

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From: Wichert Akkerman <wichert@wiggy.net>
To: Adam C Powell IV <hazelsct@mit.edu>, 156463-done@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#156463: dpkg: Doesn't replace obsolete dirs with symlinks on upgrade
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Previously Adam C Powell IV wrote:
> When a package should replace a dir with a symlink on upgrade, it doesn't.

On purpose. When the new package is unpacked the dir still exists and
can't be removed. 


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