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Bug#454329: tetex-base -- Doesn't purge all files after piuparts Install+Upgrade+Purge test

Hi Kumar,

thanks for you report, and sorry for not looking into it for so long.

Kumar Appaiah <akumar@ee.iitm.ac.in> wrote:

> Package: tetex-base
> seems to let the following files remain unremoved:
>    /etc/texdoctk  not owned
>    /etc/texdoctk/texdocrc         not owned
>    /etc/texdoctk/texdoctk.dat     owned by: tetex-base
>    /etc/texmf     owned by: tex-common
>    /etc/texmf/updmap.d    owned by: tex-common
>    /etc/texmf/updmap.d/10tetex-base.cfg   owned by: tetex-base

I'm a bit puzzled about the two files which are still owned by
tetex-base after purging the package. Isn't that a bug in dpkg?

On the other hand, I have a question regarding 10tetex-base.cfg.
tetex-base is now only a transitional package.  We already have code in
the TeXLive packages which "handles" this file: It is made ineffective,
but renamed into 10tetex-base.cnf.obsolete.

This was done on purpose, because this conffile might contain local
changes which are still valuable for the local admin, although there's
no way for an automatic taking over to some "current" conffile. 

I feel that this should be a valid reason to keep a file around after a
transition. Did you discuss similar situations in the context of this
release goal?  Whom could I ask for advice?

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Debian Developer (TeXLive)
ADFC Miltenberg
B90/Grüne KV Miltenberg

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