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Re: gnome-libs-data: /etc/mime-magic.dat

On Mon, Jun 18, 2001 at 11:57:16PM +0200, Robert Bihlmeyer wrote:
> Can a file that is not human readable (editable) be a conffile?
> gnome-libs-data declares /etc/mime-magic.dat (which is some kind of
> binary database generated from the textual conffile /etc/mime-magic)
> as such. The maintainer thinks this is correct -- I obviously don't.
> I'm bringing this up on -policy because I couldn't find explicit text
> about this in current policy. Maybe this should be clarified.
> My view is that stuff which the admin will (directly) edit should be a
> conffile. In this particular case, mime-magic.dat shouldn't be in the
> package at all, but rather (re)generated in the postinst. Just like
> the aliases databases of various mailers.

Can I check if I've understood correctly.  What happens if I edit
/etc/mime-magic; does /etc/mime-magic.dat get automatically recreated
or do things break if I don't update it manually?  And how do I do the



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