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Bug#61308: PROPOSAL] Initializing databases by using conffiles.

Steve Greenland wrote:

> On 29-Mar-00, 10:32 (CST), Peter S Galbraith <GalbraithP@dfo-mpo.gc.ca> wrote
> : 
> > Perhaps that's because (Slink) policy says:
> > 
> > 4.7. Configuration files
> > ------------------------
> > 
> >      Any configuration files created or used by your package should reside
> >      in `/etc'. If there are several you should consider creating a
> >      subdirectory named after your package.
> > 
> >      It is almost certain that any file in `/etc' that is in your package's
> >      file system archive should be listed in `dpkg''s `conffiles' control
> >      area file. (See the _Debian Packaging Manual_).
> > 
> > That wording should be cleared up if it still exists.
> It doesn't. This section was completely re-written quite a while ago.

I'm sorry.  I did have some potato version installed in a
chroot'ed tree, I should have looked there.

> (Hmmm, we need to make it clear to developer's that policy is a living
> document, and that if they are putting packages into the forthcoming
> release, they need to be reading the current policy document.)

I guess I proved that point a little.  I guess what I should have
said is that from past policy (which I am more familiar with) I
had the feeling that everything under /etc had to be a conffile.
This perception is wrong, but it takes a little time for
maintainers to get familar with current policy.

I'll do my bit and will try to read it again ASAP.

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