Re: Debconf questions and purge
Joey Hess <email@example.com> writes:
> Jérôme Marant wrote:
>> I need to merge the wwsympa package into sympa. Both packages
>> use debconf.
>> I wonder how I should merge wwsympa debconf templates into sympa's.
>> In sympa, debconf variables start with sympa/ and wwsympa ones
>> start with wwsympa/
>> If I keep the same variable name, I feel like I'm going to have
>> problem if the user decide to purge wwsympa, because of db_purge.
>> So do I really have to care for the purge and to rename variables?
> Well, you basically have two options:
> 1. Don't change the name. Put identically named wsympa/* templates into
> sympa and watch debconf do the right thing. (That is, when the new
> sympa is installed, it will mark the templates as shared between the
> two packages that contain them; then when wsympa is purged it will
> remove it from the owners list of the questions but keep them around
> since one other package still owns them. Reference counting.)
Smart ;-) I love this. You've made my day!
>> A same kind of problem is likely to happen for the conffiles and other
>> non-conffiles configuration files that I move from wwsympa to sympa
>> and that are been removed in wwsympa postrm.
> I'm afraid you're on your own there; dpkg does not deal with shared
> conffiles well when the older package is removed I think it removes the
I see no real solution to this.
One disgusting way for non-conffiles would be to delete the removing
if [ -e /var/lib/dpkg/info/wwsympa.postrm ]; then
I think you won't like this, will you? ;-)