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From: Eray Aslan <eras@g.o>
Subject: Re: Re: RFC: Enable FEATURES=config-protect-if-modified by default?
Date: Wed, 16 May 2012 13:16:00 +0300
On 2012-05-16 12:56 PM, Fabio Erculiani wrote:
> Generally, several PMS (I think apt does it as well) make this assumption:
> if config file C owned by package P has never been modified, meaning
> that md5 or whatever is the same, the old C of P was fine, so is the
> new C.

Yep, and I always thought that Gentoo way of dealing with config files
was much better -both compared to .deb and .rpm land- in this regard.
Presenting the diff is a quick and efficient way to highlight the
changes and ask the sysadmin to make the necessary changes if any.

I am not bothered with the (frequency of?) diffs but I guess people are.

> This also helps a lot in the scenario where critical configuration
> files are not updated before reboot, which might result in an
> unbootable system (ouch!).

Well, that is true.  If you forget to dispatch-conf, it might bite you.

Anyway, no big deal either way though I prefer the status quo.  If we
make the change, make it with enough fanfare that users notice.

-- 
Eray Aslan <eras@g.o>

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Re: Re: RFC: Enable FEATURES=config-protect-if-modified by default?
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