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Bug#162120: debian-policy: Deletion of configuration files--should it be preserved?

severity 162120 wishlist

justification: this is not a flaw in the policy, at best, this may be
a proposal to change policy to codifying, in my opinion, a less
desirable behaviour, and should be treated like any other proposal

>>"Thomas" == Thomas Bushnell BSG <tb@becket.net> writes:

 Thomas> Section 11.7.3 says that changes to configuration files are
 Thomas> supposed to be preserved on upgrade.  This is not commonly
 Thomas> done, however, if the change consists in deleting the file
 Thomas> entirely.  Existing practice is probably fine, but the policy
 Thomas> sentence is misleading.  I suggest adding something like:

	Sorry, this is a bug in those packages. dpkg has always had
 the correct behavour of not reinstalling conffiles that are removed;
 and so do packages managing configuration files using ucf.

	Policy, while documenting practice for the most part, should
 not recommend or condone broken behavour just because packages are

	Let us get those packages fixed.

 Don't take life seriously, you'll never get out alive.
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
1024R/C7261095 print CB D9 F4 12 68 07 E4 05  CC 2D 27 12 1D F5 E8 6E
1024D/BF24424C print 4966 F272 D093 B493 410B  924B 21BA DABB BF24 424C

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