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Re: Bug#193439: emacsen-common: debian-emacs-policy and package setup in conffile

On Fri, 16 May 2003 12:40:12 -0500, Rob Browning <rlb@defaultvalue.org> said: 

> Dave Love <d.love@dl.ac.uk> writes:
>> I was about to make one, and just came checking in the bug
>> archives...  Check back later for a solution if you're interested,
>> when I've had time to submit it.
>> Hear, hear on the substance of the report.  I filed bugs a while
>> back about packages that rendered various things inoperable in
>> Emacs when they were removed and was referred to the policy
>> document, which puzzles me considerably.  I was told to to use
>> `dpkg --purge' rather than `apt-get remove', which seems quite
>> unhelpful.  (I'd already done that, but only after doing
>> non-trivial debugging to figure out the highly obscure error from
>> Emacs stuff that I've actually maintained.)

> I disagree with whoever told you to purge.  IMO you should be able
> to --remove any of the add-on packages and not break emacs.  I could
> add policy to that effect, but I'm surprised the maintainers
> wouldn't consider that obvious without explicit policy.

	You should not need to create policy to enumerate bugs. Not
 noticing that the package is removed is a bug; not preserving user
 changes to files under /etc is a bug; we do not need to bloat policy
 with a list of all possible bugs.

Correspondence Corollary: An experiment may be considered a success if
no more than half your data must be discarded to obtain correspondence
with your theory.
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
1024R/C7261095 print CB D9 F4 12 68 07 E4 05  CC 2D 27 12 1D F5 E8 6E
1024D/BF24424C print 4966 F272 D093 B493 410B  924B 21BA DABB BF24 424C

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