Re: Clarification of Policy and Packaging manuals requested
Ian Jackson wrote:
> In fact, it is _configuration files_ and not just conffiles which are
> (or should be) removed on purge.
> > 4.2
> > The configuration files `/etc/services', `/etc/protocols', and
> > `/etc/rpc' are managed by the netbase package and may not be modified
> > by other packages.
> > If these weren't conffiles, there would be no real reason other packages
> Yes, there would. Packages shouldn't go messing with each others'
> files without permission.
I was thinking that one of the most common reasons to make a configuration
file not be a conffile is so it can be modified by other packages.
(Typically this happens by means of a script provided in the package that
"owns" the configuration file). For example, /etc/mailcap is not a conffile,
it is modified by install-mime, which is run by a variety of packages.
see shy jo