Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 81498
upgrade script should not put back files deliberately removed
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:49:39 EDT
Description of problem:
logrotate (perhaps rpm in general) upgrades replace files that have been
I remove /etc/logrotate.d/apache because I handle loging and I don't want apache
restarted every day
after upgrading logrotate the file is put back and apache gets restarted again.
this is undesirable
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
/etc/logrotate.d/apache left not there
maybe I'll try linking to /dev/null?
This isn't logrotate's doing. rpm has to put the files there when you upgrade because it is
impossible to always distinguish between the file having been removed and the file not
ever having existed. A workaround might be to empty the file (not a symlink) instead of just
it is possible to test the difference between not there and never been there.
the rpm can check whether the rpm was there before and check whether that
previous rpm contained that file.
If the previously installed rpm included that file but the file is no longer
there it could assume the file was removed on purpose
No way is rpm gonna be check the previous package
contents for "removed" files, and carry that
information forward. Many, many people rely on
reinstalling or upgrading a package to fix
accidental removals of files.
not even as an option?
if not I need a global list of files that automatically --excludepath 'd, I can
put pahts/files that should never be upgraded or touched in there and continue
to use up2date (and rpm -Uvh with less thought!)
I can not live with files being recreated that I have deliberately removed
I see that end users need rpm to fix problems in a blanket manner, I need more
control than that
My specific logrotate example can cause dire consequences
(please forgive my lack of knowledge if this file already exists)
The "official" answer is
rpm has way too many options already
but I'll be happy to look at a proposed patch.
Any option should be "opt-in", as there are people
who rely on rpm to "fix" accidentally removed files.
Patches cheerfully accepted.
I'm oing to close this. Again, if you want this
functionality, then send me a patch.