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Mark Knecht wrote:
> Thanks for the response. I would have NEVER guessed that this qfile
> command was telling me the files that are no longer needed. I should
> have read the man page on that.
Well, strictly speaking it points out files that are not owned by any
installed package. Normally when a file is no longer needed it gets
deleted, but the config protect feature prevents this in /etc.
> Now, was the intent of this Wiki to tell me what didn't need
> editing or what did? Seems very strange to me to point out files I
> don't need anymore but leave the impression I do.
Hmm - not sure what wiki you're referring to, but the upgrade guide is
The text around "qfile -o /etc/pam.d/*" is:
Because of the nature of configuration files, you might still have old
configuration files for packages you already removed, so you should
check first that there are no orphan files (files not belonging to any
package), for instance through the qfile command present in
The most common presence of orphan files in /etc/pam.d are the backup
files created by most editors, ending with a tilde character (~). The
remaining files, unless you created them yourself for your particular
setup, should be safe to remove (or at least move away), as they are
probably leftovers from previously installed packages. A special
exception for this is /etc/pam.d/vmware-authd for vmware-server, that is
created by the vmware-config.pl script (but it should be safe to remove
unless you edited it manually, you'll just have to re-execute the script).
Even so, I'll be the first to stand up and proclaim that PAM is confusing.
> Anyway, the machine is working and I apprecaite your help.
You're very welcome!
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