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

On Wed, 2009-04-08 at 14:04 +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.

/me too, for what it's worth.

> 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>?

I think the suggestion was shorthand for purge behaviour something along
the lines of:

rm /var/games/myscorefiles.*
rmdir --ignore-fail-on-non-empty /var/games

So that if the rmdir failed it was just kind of 'well, we tried'

Really, though, I don't think that sort of attitude is what we should
ideally be enshrining in policy and I would rather bless the existence
of /var/games than impose a more rigorous procedure for deleting it in a
tasteful and elegant way.


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