Bug#108587: May packages rm -rf subdirectories of /etc/ ?
Herbert Xu <email@example.com> wrote (to debian-devel):
> Unfortunately dpkg does not handle the case where a conffile
> ceases to exist in a later version of a package. The conffile
> will be left on the system even after purging.
Agreed, dpkg should do something reasonable when a package
is replaced and the new version doesn't list all the
conffiles that the old one did. I'd say that it should
rename such conffiles to $NAME.dpkg-old . Would that be enough,
or should the user be asked about it?
I am cc:ing this to #108587 (and to people who commented on it)
which already asks for dpkg to handle disappearing conffiles