[Pkg-fonts-devel] obsolete conffiles in /etc/defoma/hints

Jean-Christophe Dubacq jcdubacq1 at free.fr
Sat Feb 27 14:42:29 UTC 2010

I am currenly investigating obsolete conffiles, and I found several
conffiles left around by font packages, eg:
(and many others)

1) Can these be deleted with no consequences  (I think so, installing
the package does not event create /etc/defoma). It looks like the code
in the preinst should remove this configuration file, but it was not
removed on my disk (maybe there was a timeframe where the helper
rm_conffile was not correct?).

/etc/fonts/conf.d/ttf-tamil-fonts.conf is a real file, obsolete,
identical to /etc/fonts/conf.avail/90-ttf-tamil-fonts.conf, and there is
a symlink to /etc/fonts/conf.avail/90-ttf-tamil-fonts.conf in

Shouldn't there be some code to remove this file? It is out of order (no
nn- prefix), and may have unintended side-effects...

There are other real files in /etc/fonts/conf.d (I never touched
anything . Should they not be all links to /etc/fonts/conf.avail?

/etc/fonts/conf.d/99pdftoopvp.conf		*
/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-khmer.conf			*
/etc/fonts/conf.d/README			*
/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf	*

The stars are the files not declared as obsolete by dpkg.

PS: I took some examples, but I can provide the whole list of leftover
files if asked.
Jean-Christophe Dubacq

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