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Bug#206063: base-files - please remove unused /usr/{dict,info}

On Mon, 18 Aug 2003, Bastian Blank wrote:

> clone 206063 -1
> reassign -1 dictionaries-common
> thanks
> On Mon, Aug 18, 2003 at 04:57:54PM +0200, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > I agree that /usr/info should not exist in sarge, not even as a symlink.
> >
> > But first dpkg should stop symlinking /usr/info to /usr/share/info,
> > and even remove the symlink it created.
> dpkg upstream seems to be unwilling to fix any bugs currently.

This is not an urgent issue anyway. The current status is somewhat
better than base-files trying to fix bugs in other packages.

> > Then, and only then, it will be safe to remove /usr/info from
> > base-files.deb.  (Feel free to reassign the bug back to base-files
> > instead of closing it).
> what is the problem with just removing them from base-files?

The dpkg postinst would probably create the /usr/info symlink again in
the next dpkg upgrade, or worse, upgrades from woody to sarge may,
or may not, end up having /usr/info as a symlink, or not, depending on
the order in which packages are upgraded.

There is not any package in woody which places its info files in /usr/info,
so there is no reason for /usr/info to exist at all in sarge. I hope
dpkg maintainers consider removing /usr/info before sarge release.
I will happily remove it from base-files as soon as that happens.

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