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Re: Packaging Arbitrary Files


On Tue, 29 Mar 2011, Russ Allbery wrote:
> 1. dpkg-divert the configuration file before replacing it with yours.
>    This sort of works and sort of doesn't.  dpkg doesn't deal well with
>    diverted configuration files in all cases, and you'll get odd
>    problems.  Whether those odd problems will be significant or not for
>    you is hard to say.

> 3. Have your package declare that it Replaces the package that ships the
>    configuration file.  This sort of works, but it's probably a bad idea,
>    since upgrading the original Debian package will probably overwrite
>    your package's files right back, or result in other weird changes.

For both of these points, dpkg should do the right thing nowadays. If it
doesn't you're welcome to file a bug report.

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