package replacement and lack of disappearing...
I'm trying to find out why package replacement is working as expected...
I've got two packages, either one of which can be installed at a time:
Replaces: mail-transport-agent, sendmail-tls
Replaces: mail-transport-agent, sendmail
When installing, say sendmail-tls over sendmail,
# dpkg --install *-tls*.deb
Selecting previously deselected package sendmail-tls.
dpkg: considering removing sendmail in favour of sendmail-tls ...
dpkg: yes, will remove sendmail in favour of sendmail-tls.
Removing sendmail in-favour sendmail-tls(8.11.5+8.12.0.Beta17-0) <= debugging
# ls -l /var/lib/dpkg/info/sendmail.*
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Aug 2 14:35 /var/lib/dpkg/info/sendmail.list
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3537 Aug 2 13:53 /var/lib/dpkg/info/sendmail.postrm*
Things look good, except that I expected sendmail to disappear !!!
# dpkg --purge sendmail
(Reading database ... 11532 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing sendmail ...
Purging configuration files for sendmail ...
Purging replaced package sendmail, nothing to do... <= postrm debugging
At this point, /etc/init.d/sendmail has been deleted !
But... the postrm looks like this:
case "$1" in
# We're *really* purging; neither sendmail nor sendmail-tls
# is currently installed
if [ -f /usr/lib/sm.bin/sendmail ]; then
echo "Purging replaced package $PACKAGE, nothing to do...";
# NOTE WELL: If we fall through here during purge, update-rc.d will be
# called with remove... and /etc/init.d/$PACKAGE goes away!
# Automatically added by dh_installinit
if [ "$1" = "purge" ] ; then
update-rc.d sendmail remove >/dev/null
# End automatically added section
1) Why didn't the original package (sendmail) disappear ?
2) How did /etc/init.d/sendmail get purged ?
* HomeySan waits for the papa john's pizza to show up
<ravenos> mm. papa john's.
<HomeySan> hopefully they send the cute delivery driver
<ravenos> they dont have that here.
<Dr_Stein> why? you gonna eat the driver instead?