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Bug#703022: debian-policy: Appendix G: Diversion example faulty (doesn't work for conffiles)

On 14.03.2013 17:34, Russ Allbery wrote:
The last time I looked at this (which was several years ago), diverting conffiles had enough problems that it was tempting to just say that it didn't work reliably. I wonder if we should explicitly recommend against diverting conffiles, or if some of those problems have been cleaned up.

fwiw, Policy 10.7.4 does say "[t]wo packages that specify the same file as a conffile must conflict. [...] Neither alternatives nor diversions are likely to be appropriate in this case; in particular, dpkg does not handle diverted conffiles well" but it's possibly not so easy to spot.



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