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

On Tue, Aug 19, 2003 at 01:09:45AM +0200, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > > > Package: base-files
> > > >
> > > > please remove unused /usr/info and /usr/dict.
> >
> > Presumably directories?
> >
> > > But first dpkg should stop symlinking /usr/info to /usr/share/info,
> >
> > How does that conclusion follow?
> Assuming that we don't want /usr/info to exist, if it's simply removed
> from base-files then two different things may happen in an upgrade
> from woody to sarge:
> a) dpkg is upgraded first, the dir file is moved to /usr/share/dir
> and a symlink is created, then base-files is upgraded, which removes
> the symlink.
> The desired effect would be achieved.
> b) base-files is upgraded first, but since /usr/info is not empty, it's not
> removed, then dpkg moves the dir file and creates a symlink.
> The desired effect of not having /usr/info is not achieved.
> I don't think it would be wise to let the result to depend on the
> upgrade order. Instead, dpkg should stop creating the symlink for this
> to work in a predictable way.

I really don't see why you should require dpkg to change first. Change
base-files at your convenience, dpkg will be changed on its own accord.

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