[Aptitude-devel] Bug#707662: Bug#707662: reinstall doesn't rewrite missing files
mandyke at gmail.com
Mon May 13 04:24:44 UTC 2013
On 10 May 2013 09:04, <jidanni at jidanni.org> wrote:
> Package: aptitude
> Version: 0.6.9.1-1
> Severity: wishlist
> The man page should note that reinstall doesn't fix missing files...
> # mv /etc/apache2/conf-available/php5-cgi.conf
> # aptitude reinstall php5-cgi
> # ls ... not found
That is a conffile. It will be recreated if you purge and then
install, however reinstall does not work like that (more like remove
then install; or upgrade) as otherwise a reinstall will lose user
Had you tested this on a non-conffile, you would see that reinstall
does recreate such files.
> apt-get's man page should also note this.
> In fact what indeed reinstall does do, if anything, should be mentioned in detail.
I believe the apt-get man page is sufficiently clear, where aptitudes
could use perhaps some expansion. Removing and cleansing of conffiles
is only mentioned for "purge", and there is no expectation of this
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