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Bug#421345: lintian: does not alert on non-conffile symlink in /etc

Package: lintian
Version: 1.23.29
Severity: normal


having a non-conffile symlink in /etc causes data loss on package
installation if the symlink name was already there as a file
(#420578). The file-in-etc-not-marked-as-conffile check does not seem
to fire for symlinks.

Please consider having lintian warn about this situation.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.21-zgsrv (SMP w/1 CPU core; PREEMPT)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages lintian depends on:
ii  binutils               2.17cvs20070426-1 The GNU assembler, linker and bina
ii  diffstat               1.43-2            produces graph of changes introduc
ii  dpkg-dev               1.13.25           package building tools for Debian
ii  file                   4.20-5            Determines file type using "magic"
ii  gettext                0.16.1-1          GNU Internationalization utilities
ii  intltool-debian        0.35.0+20060710.1 Help i18n of RFC822 compliant conf
ii  libparse-debianchangel 1.0-1             parse Debian changelogs and output
ii  man-db                 2.4.4-2           The on-line manual pager
ii  perl [libdigest-md5-pe 5.8.8-7           Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 

lintian recommends no packages.

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