[Pkg-mediawiki-devel] Bug#388616: Upgrade

Steve Langasek vorlon at debian.org
Fri Feb 9 00:08:35 CET 2007

On Thu, Feb 08, 2007 at 03:22:06PM +0100, Romain Beauxis wrote:
> Le jeudi 8 février 2007 03:03, Filipus Klutiero a écrit :
> > > Under the circumstances, I would be willing to grant an etch-ignore
> > > exception for the file location.  If the location of the file is still
> > > causing upgrade errors (which seems possible, since the symlinks under
> > > /etc/mediawiki1.7 are not conffiles and therefore may overwrite a user's
> > > config), that would be more than just a technicality, and I wouldn't
> > > grant an etch-ignore exception for that.

> > OK, so I'm upgrading to serious. Steve, I have no opinion about
> > etch-ignoring this, but you can consider it now. Romain, you may want to
> > unmerge #388616 from #409434 and downgrade #409434 to important.

> Yes, I'll do it.

> I think the bug #388616 should be granted this etc-ignore. The configuration 
> file is never shiped with the package nor generated by the software. It is 
> generated in config/ directory, and happen normaly only at first install.

My question here is, if the software looks for the config in /var/lib out of
necessity, why does the package ship a symlink under /etc/ when that
symlink a) will overwrite any attempts by the user to turn this into a real
file (for whatever reason), and b) will complicate upgrades in the future
when mediawiki's FHS bug is fixed so that the conffile *can* be moved to

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