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Re: does /var/games have to be deleted on purge? (if it's empty..)

On Wed, Apr 08, 2009 at 02:04:13PM +0200, Adeodato Simó wrote:
> + Russ Allbery (Mon, 06 Apr 2009 11:33:41 -0700):
> > I don't see much real benefit in going out of our way to remove /var/games
> > and it looks like it would be a bit annoying (at the least, require adding
> > purge code to all games that put files in /var/games that would usually
> > never be triggered).  My inclination would be to say that this behavior is
> > fine and perhaps we should officially bless it somewhere.
> I agree with this. We’re trying to move away (eg. with triggers) from
> stuff that has to be propagated to every maintainer scripts, and I
> really don’t see how removing an empty /var/games is such a big benefit
> that would make it worth our time to enforce rmdir’s everywhere.
> Additionally, what happens if package A and B both ship an empty
> /var/games (they both write their score files directly there, rather
> than a subdirectory), get both installed, then B gets purged and its
> postinst removes /var/games, and then A runs and tries to write to
> /var/games a score file, but the directory does no longer exist nor has
> the game write permission to create it. Is there or is there going to be
> a policy mandating that packages should not ship /var/games without
> shipping /var/games/<name>?

The restriction I see is that A would need root priviledges to creat a file
in /var/games because policy says:

     The permissions on `/var/games' are mode 755, owner `root' and group

But that is not absolutly impossible.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here. 

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