Transitional packages with conffiles
On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 02:01:37PM +0000, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Well surely the question is: why are the files moved to a different
> directory ? Why is the package renamed, even ? Do we need to be able
> to co-install the old and new ISC DHCP clients ?!
The original dhcp-client was version 2. dhcp3-client was version 3.
These used /etc/dhcp and /etc/dhcp3, IIRC. Someone realized that using
version numbers in the name was probably a bad idea, and that
dhcp-client was too generic a package name (there are many DHCP clients
in Debian). The idea was to abandon the old name and instead choose a
new name that was not so generic and at the same time, install the new,
version 4 client, using /etc/dhcp. Co-installability was not considered
important and thus the transitional package was created so that people
will have a working DHCP client.
If I'm wrong about any of this, I'm sure Andrew will correct me.
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