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

>>"Anthony" == Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:

 Anthony> On Tue, Sep 24, 2002 at 07:54:15PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
 >> We have to have a debate about it because there is an actual
 >> substantive disagreement between you and Manoj.  

 Anthony> Really? What is it? I only saw comments that amount to "I
 Anthony> interpret policy this way" and "other things do it this
 Anthony> way", neither of which is a response to my original request
 Anthony> for "someone to give a good reason why randomly deleting
 Anthony> config files of installed packages is the best way to go
 Anthony> about things, and should be supported."

	And I have seen little cogent rationale from you on this bug
 (lots of foaming at the mouth, but that seems par for the course).
 Do I now have to explain to you why preserving user changes is
 desirable behaviour? 

 >> If you don't think
 >> it's that important, then say so, and Manoj could put in a policy
 >> change to make explicit that deletions must be preserved.

 Anthony> Well, I suppose I could change the scripts to cope, and
 Anthony> change inetd to just enable all its internal services unless
 Anthony> told otherwise, so anyone who was stupid enough to think
 Anthony> removing the config file would do any good could get their
 Anthony> machine DoS'ed off the .net thanks to a handful of
 Anthony> untracable spoofed packets. Because, hey, personal whims,
 Anthony> and the letter of policy are what matters, not the needs of
 Anthony> our userbase, right?

	You are being a moron. I guess the stress of your position
 have caused you to snap. Change the above to be _disable_ all
 services unless told otherwise, and you have a reasonable behaviour
 for inetd.

	System defaults should be sane, and for inted, seems like
 failing secure is a good way to go. The default file shipped with
 inetd should be the same: no services open by default.

	If the file is removed, do not regenerate it.

 Some men are so interested in their wives' continued happiness that
 they hire detectives to find out the reason for it.
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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