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Re: Suggestion about file permissions being listed in debian packages

On Thursday 01 January 2009, grok <grok@resist.ca> wrote about 'Suggestion 
about file permissions being listed in debian packages':
>A lot of issues with users come about because of incorrect
>file/dir permissions (for whatever reasons. Make no
>assumptions, please. There's a good reason why Ubuntu now

I don't know that's true, but I'll assume it is for the benefit of further 

>Wouldn't the '/var/lib/dpkg/info/<package>.list' files be
>the perfect place to explicitly lay out the file & directory
>permissions/user/group info for each file in a package?


>way, the users could, if necessary, check the present state
>of their packages by this list, first, to see if their
>problems might possibly be cleared up by adherence to this
>schema. The worst that could happen would be that the info
>in the .list file would be wrong -- itself a symptom of a
>bad install, etc.

I agree.

>Does this make sense? 


Try searching the archives for previous discussions (I don't remember any, 
but the list has been around a *long* time), you might find some less 
agreeable points of view that will help sharpen your argument.  Assuming 
no one pipes up here with an issue after a week or so.  File a bug 
(wishlist priority) against the "general" pseudo-package, and follow up 
it's opening with a mail to debian-devel; that should get the ball 
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