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Re: lilo.conf

On Sat, Jan 06, 2001 at 11:19:39AM +0100, Tibor D. wrote:

> And the problem with overwriting the old configfile isn't very nice, 
> just 1 lilo.conf.old isn't enough, maybe a first possibility would be 
> with "logrotate"?

its not just not nice, its a policy violation.  packages are
*forbidden* from touching a locally configured conffile without first
asking permission.  perserving the original is not enough, the
original must *not* be touched, moved, or molested in any way until
permission is granted by the admin (policy section 4.7.3 paragraph 3).
the only case where permission is not required is with dpkg's conffile
handing where the md5sum proves that the conffile is unchanged from
the one distributed in the previous package version.

any package that modifies, deletes, moves, renames, mutilates or
otherwise molests a locally modified conffile without first asking and
getting affirmative permission from the admin should have a bug filed
against it with no less then severity: serious. 

Configuration files are defined in policy section 4.7.  

lynx file:/usr/share/doc/debian-policy/policy.html/index.html

(apt-get install debian-policy if you didn't install priority standard

Ethan Benson

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