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Bug#99208: acknowledged by developer (Bug#99208: dpkg asks about all conffiles individually)

reopen 99208

On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 07:04:11AM -0500, Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:
> On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:01:20AM +0100, Charles Briscoe-Smith wrote:
> > I upgraded from xpuzzles 5.4.4-4 to 5.5.3-1 today, and dpkg asked me
> > about every single one of xpuzzles' app-defaults files, although I'm
> > pretty sure I haven't changed any of them.  Have those files changed
> > from not being conffiles to being conffiles?
> Yes.  Quoting Policy, section 12.8:
>      _Application defaults_ files must be installed in the directory
>      `/etc/X11/app-defaults/' (use of a localized subdirectory of
>      `/etc/X11/' as described in the _X Toolkit Intrinsics - C Language
>      Interface_ manual is also permitted).  They must be registered as
>      _conffile_s or handled as configuration files.

Quite.  My bug was not about the fact that these files are conffiles;
any files under /etc should be conffiles or otherwise handled sanely
as configuration files.  My bug was about the fact that the way these
files have been handled during an upgrade means that the administrator
gets asked about every one of them by dpkg.  This is annoying.  Plus I'm
sure if you look hard enough you can find where Policy says not to prompt
the user more than necessary.

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