[pkg-fso-maint] Bug#695272: libphone-utils0: harmful postrm purge action in M-A:same package

Helmut Grohne helmut at subdivi.de
Fri Dec 7 08:11:33 UTC 2012

On Fri, Dec 07, 2012 at 12:41:19AM +0100, Dominik George wrote:
> I propose that you, Helmut, try to test whether this fixes the problem and 
> report back if it does.

Thanks for your work on this issue.

Introducing a new binary package is a quite big change. Please contact
the release team on whether such a change is acceptable at this point of
the freeze. Note that simply removing M-A:same is also way to solve this
issue and that libphone-utils0 has very few reverse dependencies.

This is not to say that the general approach of splitting the package
would be flawed. To the contrary. So I encourage you to target
experimental or even unstable with such a fix independently.

The new package you are introducing is named libphone-utils0-common. So
when there is a soname bump, there will be a libphone-utils1-common
package. Those packages then share a configuration file. Transferring
that configuration file across packages seems difficult at best. It
might be better to drop the soname from the common package. This is not
without problems though. I suggest to wait for a maintainer response on
this issue.

Unrelated to the reported issue, the code updating the configuration
file could to better at leaving backup files in case something goes


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