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

Le Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 08:59:01AM +0100, Raphael Hertzog a écrit :
> On Thu, 14 Mar 2013, Guillem Jover wrote:
> > It should work way better than before, in part thanks the to the usage
> > and bug reporting from MIT, but as you say there's still some wrinkles,
> > which I plan on fixing for 1.17.x; in any case I'm always interested in
> > any bug reports affecting these.
> The major issue I had with this case is when you try to purge the
> diverting package. On remove, you put back in place in the original
> conffile and at that point dpkg should (but doesn't currently) forget
> about the conffile in the diverting package. Otherwise on purge, you
> actually remove the diverted conffile and you have no files left.
> I don't know if that's part of your "known wrinkles". If not, I'll happily
> open a bug report. Let me know.

Hi all,

maybe a bug report would be a good way to track the issue and include a
reminder to update the Policy once it is solved ?

In the meantime, I propose to modify Appendix G by adding the following

    Do not attempt to divert a conffile, as <prog>dpkg</prog> does not handle
    it well.

I know that we should not add contents to the appendices, but in that case it
already contains a similar warning about files vitally important for the
systemm, and I think that it would be confusing to separate the two warnings.


Charles Plessy
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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