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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: Alan Barrett <>
Subject: Re: install/38571: sysinst runs "postinstall fix"
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:41:01 +0200

 On Wed, 29 Feb 2012, Martin Husemann wrote:
 >  On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 02:25:07AM +0000, Julian Djamil Fagir wrote:
 >  >  +message Postinst
 >  >  +{Execute postinst (overwrite existing configuration)}
 > This is not quite what it actually does,
 Yes, the message could be improved.  Perhaps "Run 'postinstall fix' to
 fix the problems reported above".
 > I'm not sure the user will be always able to understand the 
 > implications and what the alternatives are, so from a usability 
 > POV it is a bad question to ask.
 "postinstall fix" is dangerous, in my opinion, because it 
 overwrites changes that the user may have made to /etc/rc.d/*, 
 /etc/daily and friends, and probably some other configuration 
 files.  Asking the question may be bad for usability, but simply 
 overwriting the user's changes is also bad.
 --apb (Alan Barrett)

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