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Re: deluser on purge (was: Piuparts testing status update)

* Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org) [061115 03:12]:
> Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> writes:
> > On Tue, Nov 14, 2006 at 09:35:12PM +0100, Frank Lichtenheld wrote:
> >> Hmm, I would read policy in a way that since a package can not rely on
> >> its dependencies being present during purge, their pure absence alone
> >> should not be a valid reason to fail. If this on the other hand is a
> >> valid excuse to leave cruft behind is not really clear to me. I would
> >> certainly prefer the package just printing a warning and exiting normal
> >> rather than failing but I can't really point out a specific policy
> >> reference right now to make this more than a personal preference.
> > In the case of adduser, there is a strong case for not doing deluser at
> > *all* on purge, because it's impossible to ensure that there are no
> > off-line or remote resources referencing the uid/gid.
> This is something that I'd really like to see us sort out in policy, since
> I think we should be able to describe consistent behavior with regard to
> system users and package purging to our users.  Right now, every
> maintainer is making their own decision in this area, and I think that
> provides an inferior experience for users.

Agreed. Marc Haber started a wiki page summarizing reasons pro and
contra and issues, http://wiki.debian.org/AccountHandlingInMaintainerScripts

Perhaps we can use that page some day in future to put something in


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