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Bug#168904: marked as done (non-files in dpkg -L output [Was: Bug#39830: [AMENDMENT]: get rid of undocumented(7) symlinks])



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Subject: non-files in dpkg -L output [Was: Bug#39830: [AMENDMENT]: get rid of undocumented(7) symlinks]
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Package: dpkg
Severity: wishlist

On Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 05:33:06PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> The reason why I'm supporting this proposal is because I find the
> symlinks to undocumented(7) technically less than ideal in a number of
> ways. They lead to a farm of dangling symlinks on machines that don't
> have the manpages package installed (#32019, #53214); they have
> translation issues that would necessitate some very ugly hacks like not
> honouring symlinks in the expected way (#167291); and they cause this
> very common complaint due to the symlinks showing up in 'dpkg -L'
> output:
> 
>   17:06 <weasel> you are happy that you finally found some docs, wait
>   for groff to render it, and what you get is a stupid undocumented(7)
>   page

It would be most helpful if dpkg --listfiles had a way to indicate the
type of relevant files, or better yet, if it just looked vaguely like
ls output (complete with mode and owner). Preferably including support
for --color. This should probably be a new option (dpkg --ls?).

[This is relatively easy if it displays the currently-installed state
of the files, and currently infeasible if it displays the
what-I-installed state]

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Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 15:11:27 +0000
From: Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org>
To: 168904-close@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#168904: non-files in dpkg -L output [Was: Bug#39830: [AMENDMENT]: get rid of undocumented(7) symlinks]
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On Thu, Nov 14, 2002 at 12:39:46AM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 13, 2002 at 08:59:18AM +0000, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > Package: dpkg
> > Severity: wishlist
> > 
> > It would be most helpful if dpkg --listfiles had a way to indicate the
> > type of relevant files, or better yet, if it just looked vaguely like
> > ls output (complete with mode and owner). Preferably including support
> > for --color. This should probably be a new option (dpkg --ls?).
> 
> dpkg -L libc6 | xargs ls -ld --color
> 
> seems to do what you want, no dpkg changes necessary. Yay Unix!

Hmm. That was obvious.

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