rpm overwriting config files again

Elan Ruusamäe glen at pld-linux.org
Fri May 29 21:25:23 CEST 2015

On 29.05.2015 17:43, Jeffrey Johnson wrote:
> I won't make the change in RPM upstream because I believe it's
> more important to have consistent %config handling than it is to
> preserve unpackaged configuration files on upgrade when the
> new (but not the old) package has file content (which almost never happens).
> I can be convinced otherwise if there is a demonstrable consensus that a different
> behavior is needed and necessary.
the scenario is quite simple:

some software loads config from conf.d dir (using *.conf glob), at some 
point sysadmins put their configs there.
now rpm starts to put their files there too, it happens to be the same 
now if the file already exists, it will ovewrite sysadmin changes.

if it created .rpmnew, then the previous file (created by sysadmin) 
would be used, and new config (from rpm), would be stored as .rpmnew

overall config stays running, nothing is overwritten.


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