[Pkg-mediawiki-devel] Bug#719208: File name conflicts with symlinks

Thorsten Glaser t.glaser at tarent.de
Mon Aug 12 16:08:20 UTC 2013

Argh, this is complex!

I think we need to do this:

• Fix mediawiki-extensions to not ship Renameuser any more,
  version as x.y

• Add something to mediawiki.preinst to move back the files
  if they ended up in /usr/share/mediawiki-extensions/base/Renameuser
  to /var/lib/mediawiki/extensions/Renameuser

• Upload mediawiki with (Breaks|Conflicts) on mw-ext << x.y~
  ⇒ which one? I’m not sure.

Also, will installing this changed mediawiki break somehow,
since dpkg will need to update or deinstall mediawiki-extensions

Finally… is Renameuser the only affected extension? Isn’t there
a handy Debian tool to display packaging list conflicts (i.e.
packages installing the same files, with or without symlink
resolution)? If not, why not? If so, where? Funnily enough I’ve
run into the symlink-to-directory-is-not-replaced situation with
a package I make for at work recently too ☹ one of the very bad
parts of dpkg IMHO.

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