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Bug#504880: Disambiguate "installed" for packages

Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org> writes:
> On Mon, 26 Jul 2010, Russ Allbery wrote:

>>  	<p>
>>  	  The <prgn>DEBIAN</prgn> directory will not appear in the
>>  	  file system archive of the package, and so won't be installed
>> -	  by <prgn>dpkg</prgn> when the package is installed.
>> +	  by <prgn>dpkg</prgn> when the package is unpacked.
>>  	</p>

> Technically, it's unpacked: not in /DEBIAN but in /var/lib/dpkg/tmp.ci/
> and then moved to /var/lib/dpkg/info/package.* at the end of the unpack
> phase but it's probably not worth pointing out in policy (or only as a
> footnote).

Is this true of all files in the control.tar.gz other than DEBIAN/control,
even ones unknown to dpkg?  Or does dpkg have an enumerated list of files
that it does this with?  It does seem like it would be worth documenting
/var/lib/dpkg/info somewhere non-normative.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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