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Re: to stop the thread over conffiles...

Sorry, I disregard that subject line - in agree with that solution except for 
one detail:

As a sysad, I do not like to edit anything beneath /usr by hand (exception: 
/usr/local) up to now, the only reason to ever do such a thing was to workaround 
bugs until a new debian-package came out. Usually, in backing up a complete 
system, I regard it to be completely restorable with only the original packages 
at hand and a backup of everything except /usr. (again, /usr/local is the 
exception) No idea whether that idea is compliant with the policy, but up to 
now, it has always worked.

Therefore, the correct place for the system wide override directory should be 
/etc/kde/{applnk,mimelnk,servcises,servicetypes} which might well be empty by 
default. Actually, I believe having both /usr/share/kde/applnk and 
/usr/share/applnk with different meaning would cause a lot of confusion. IMO, 
the second option should be dropped and replaced by a /etc/kde/applnk (empty by 

On Mon, May 07, 2001 at 05:32:18PM -0600, Ivan E. Moore II wrote:
> Once and forall.  
> What we want and don't want
>      1:  We need a way for changes a system admin makes to files under
>          /usr/share/applnk,mimelnk,services,servicetypes to not be
>          overwritten during every upgrade.
>      2:  conffiles is not the *right* solution.  We all agree with this.
>          Thus the "I will try it again, but the last time..." comment
>          on my part and the overly-enthusiatic responses to this thread.
>      3:  We don't need to implement another menu hack, script, or anything 
>          else.  Why? Because we don't. :)
> What is going to happen to take care of this:
>      1:  All Debian pacakges will install their .desktop files into
>          /usr/share/kde/{applnk,mimelnk,services,servicetypes}
>      2:  System Administrators can overwrite these settings by placing
>          creating a .desktop file under /usr/share/{applnk,mimelnk,services,
>          servicetypes} that contains the changes that they want.  The best
>          way to do this is copy the original one and make your changes.
>          It needs to be in the same directory structure so:
>                /usr/share/kde/applnk/Internet/kit.desktop
>          should have an override file of:
>                /usr/share/applnk/Internet/kit.desktop
>      3:  KDE will read /usr/share/kde/{applnk,mimelnk,services,servicetypes}
>          first and then /usr/share/{applnk,mimelnk,services,servicetypes}.
>      4:  Debian menu bits will be worked into the KDE menu like they 
>          currently are.
> With this we)
>      1:  Don't complicate things worse then they already are
>      2:  Still follow policy
>      3:  Use existing abilities
>      4:  Still have backwards compatability.  All packages that still drop
>          their files under /usr/share/applnk will still work.
> Ivan        
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