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Re: etcupdate destructive tricks
On Fri, 27 Jun 2014, Thomas Mueller wrote:
I've updated NetBSD-current system and notice that etcupdate
wants to destroy some useful files.
For instance, it wants to destroy /etc.rc.conf, throwing
the user back to square zero (square one?). Also,
/etc/master.passwd and /etc/ttys
It's supposed to prompt you about every change, giving you the
choice of keeping your old file, overwriting your file with a new
file, merging the two versions, etc. If it's not doing that,
please file a detailed bug report.
You might also find the -a and -l flag useful. I usually use both
I'm watchful to what's happening, and know to hit d to avoid
losing my changes; /etc/master.passwd too.
Oh, so it is prompting you, as it's supposed to do, and you choose
"d" to keep your old file, as is quite reasonable in many cases.
It ought to be made more user-friendly, rather than
It is intended to ask you about every single file, and if you
just hit ENTER instead of giving an answer, it is designed to
leave the file alone. It is NEVER supposed to overwrite a file
without your explicit permision. Once again, if it's not working
as designed, them please file a detailed bug report; these vague
messages about "wants to destroy" and "vengeful" do not provide
any of the detailed information that would be required to fix any
such bugs, if they exist.
There's certainly room for improvement. For example, a three-way
merge between the older distribution version of the file, the
newer distribution version, and your version, would be a lot
more useful than the current two-way merge between the newer
distribution version and your version.
--apb (Alan Barrett)
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