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Re: Bug#139796: Bug#144605: marked as done (gij-3.0: Does not install)

On Fri, Apr 26, 2002 at 03:04:09PM -0500, David Starner wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 26, 2002 at 09:27:30PM +0200, J.H.M. Dassen (Ray) wrote:
> > If you as a system administrator delete files belonging to a package, be it
> > through rm, localepurge or vi /dev/hda, you have no right to expect the
> > package to cope with that.
> As a theoritical matter, that's true. As a practical matter, a large
> number of users (5%, according to popularity-contest) are using this
> program, and this problem could be hidden by a one line patch. 
Since you seem to want to help, just sent in the one line patch and i'll
include it.  Should be an easy task for you.

Unfortunately this wouldn't fix other problems due to broken symlinks which
update-alternatives will run into.  This problem existed way before i ever 
even remotely thought about writing localepurge and i've been bitten by 
this various times before.  The last time it was due to a broken xemacs21 
symlink in /etc/alternatives.

> Again, adding a "here be dragons" to the instructions is a copout. There
> is no way to use localepurge without running the risk of breaking other
> programs.
Working as root only can be hazardous to your system as well and the only 
solution is to warn people about unwanted consequences due to human 

Warning people is the only means to make people aware about the dangers of
using it.  Prudently used, it saves a lot of disk space, just in case you
didn't  notice so far. And that's why people like it.  The gain is far
greater than the risk involved.
                                        Thanks, P. *8^)

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