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Re: install/38571: sysinst runs "postinstall fix"

The following reply was made to PR install/38571; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Matthew Mondor <>
Subject: Re: install/38571: sysinst runs "postinstall fix"
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 06:20:39 -0500

 On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:50:04 +0000 (UTC)
 Julian Djamil Fagir <> wrote:
 >  but what is a better one-line description of `postinstall fix`?
 >  Btw, it should be named postinstall anyway (just now occurred to me).
 Is that the actual execution of postinstall?  If so, in my experience
 it generally doesn't break /etc/, but it'll do things like delete
 obsolete files, report if some users or groups must be added (as
 postinstall cannot add those automatically yet), etc.  It'll also
 occasionally warn that some directories or files should be moved by the
 "Execute the post-installation/post-upgrade script"?
 However, that also won't really fix /etc/ like adding new configuration
 files or applying changes to them, for which etcupate is used.
 In the current state of postinstall, the output has to also be
 preserved so that the user can view it, perform any manual fixes
 needed, and rerun the check/fix phases to verify that all is clean.
 Of course, it'd probably be nice if the fix option could really
 autonomously perform any fix including merging user and group

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