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Packages rename and conffiles

Hello Release and DPKG teams,

A fair number of conffiles have changed of packages.

The issue: dpkg handling of this situation has changed 
between Sarge and Etch, see bug#346282.

However, unless we ask the user to upgrade dpkg before anything else,
there is a fair chance half of the system is upgraded with Sarge dpkg
and the other half with Etch dpkg.

Unfortunately, I know how to avoid spurious dpkg conffiles handling
with either of them separately, but not with both of them at once.

So we have to take a position on this issue. I can provide the list
of affected packages. There is at least openssh, vim and openoffice.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large blue swirl here. 

PS: in 3 years, I never get a single answer from the debian-dpkg
mailing list, so if you meet dpkg maintainers on IRC, please raise the

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