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Re: RFC: Proposal to combine diversions and Replaces into DEBIAN/replaces

Sato Mayamoto wrote:

> Is it too complicated to have a kind of automatization for divert as
> a feature in deb-packages?

It sounds like a good feature if someone has time to work on it.  In
fact, I think someone did a Google summer of code project on it last
summer, though they were not very active on this list proposing design
or initial patches.

I imagine that the people on this list would be happy to help out with
anyone working on that.  As a first step in reviving the effort, maybe
it would make sense to describe what effect a declared diversion
should have at each stage of the package installation and removal
process.  What happens at preinst, postinst, prerm, and postrm time?
Especially: what happens during upgrades to a version without the
diversion?  What happens if two packages declare a diversion for the
same file?


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