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Bug#23712: conflicting packages with the same conffile

Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org> writes:
> On Fri, 20 Aug 2010, Russ Allbery wrote:

>> +	  <p>
>> +	    A package that declares the same <tt>conffile</tt> as another,
>> +	    conflicting package may see left-over configuration files from
>> +	    that other package.

> EPARSE on this sentence, it looks like some words are missing.

Hm.  All the words that I had intended to be there are there.  I clearly
need to rephrase it somehow, though, if it's not clear.  How about:

    When two packages both declare the same <tt>conffile</tt>, they may
    see left-over configuration files from each other even though they
    conflict with each other.

>>  If a user removes (without purging) one
>> +	    of the packages and installs the other, the new package will
>> +	    take over the <tt>conffile</tt> from the old package.  If the
>> +	    file was modified by the user, it will be treated the same as
>> +	    any other locally modified <tt>conffile</tt> during an
>> +	    upgrade.
>> +	  </p>

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

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