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Re: Bug#59403: [PROPOSED] restrictions on content of /usr/share/doc

On Wed, Mar 01, 2000 at 08:04:37PM -0800, Jim Lynch wrote:
> +   Additionally, the system administrator should be able to say
> [to debconf maybe?]
> +   that files in /usr/share/doc never be installed, that they be
> +   removed all at once or, having originally preferred same, that
> +   they should be installed again from all packages that installs
> +   such a dir.

This requires dpkg changes, and doesn't seem like it's particularly
appropriate for -policy in any case. (Section 3.1.2 includes ``In the
future, it will be possible to tell `dpkg' not to unpack files matching
certain patterns, so that the directories can be included in the `.deb'
packages and [...]'', which is the same idea, but doesn't mandate
difficult code changes)

The latter option probably more-or-less already exists as `apt-get
--reinstall', but I don't think there's any way to specify that
*everything* should be reinstalled (upgrade only seems to choose new

aj, who thinks policy is better of describing existing practice, than
    mandating strange and complicated new behaviours...

Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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        results in slower code, and it results in more bugs.''
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