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Bug#236468: apt: --reinstall should allow to renew configuration files

Package: apt
Version: 0.5.21
Severity: wishlist

Currently a "apt-get install <package> --reinstall" invocation will not
touch the configuration files, and does not ask when a configuration file
was changed or is missing.

So if by accident one deletes or wracks havoc one of his configuration
files, it is not possible to recover from this problem by reinstall. Only
current solution is to manually extract the configuration file in question
from the package archive  - or downgrading and upgrading again. Both options
are not very comfortable for the user.

Please consider asking the user about changed/missing configuration files,
like an package upgrade would also do.

-- Package-specific info:

-- (no /etc/apt/preferences present) --

-- (/etc/apt/sources.list present, but not submitted) --

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux zeus 2.4.19 #2 Fri Dec 6 03:45:09 CET 2002 i686
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=de_DE@euro

Versions of packages apt depends on:
hi  libc6                      2.3.2.ds1-10  GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libgcc1                    1:3.3.3-0pre2 GCC support library
ii  libstdc++5                 1:3.3.3-0pre2 The GNU Standard C++ Library v3

-- no debconf information

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