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Re: file move between versions

On Thu, May 17, 2001 at 07:36:34PM +0200, Josip Rodin wrote:
> On Thu, May 17, 2001 at 11:38:06AM -0400, Steve M. Robbins wrote:
> > Suppose version 1 of the package had a file named /foo/A,
> > and version 2 had changed the location to be /bar/A.
> > 
> > Without doing anything special on the part of the developer, is it
> > always true that upgrading the package version 1->2 will remove /foo/A
> > before installing /bar/A?
> > 
> > If so, has there ever been a bug (in dpkg/apt/whatever) that
> > broke this?
> > 
> > I ask because I have suddenly discovered /usr/bin/gvx (dated from
> > march 2000) which is the old location for /usr/lib/geomview/gvx.  I
> > changed the location when I adopted the package last fall.  I'm
> > wondering if I now need to add a "rm -f /usr/bin/gvx" in the postinst.
> Er, that would be bad. dpkg should have removed the old file when installing
> the new package.
> I guess it would be hard to file a bug unless you can reproduce it...

Well, it's always easy to _file_ a bug.  :-) But you're right to say
that it would be hard to file a *useful* bug report.

I'm not planning to file a bug.  I don't know for sure whether it was
the package tools, or whether I muddled up something by hand.  I don't
think I ever put anying in /usr/bin by hand.  But I can't rule out me
doing something stupid.  

So I thought I'd see if there were any known package tool problems in
the past six months or so.  I've been tracking unstable reasonably
closely during this period, so I could have been bitten even by
short-lived bugs.


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