Re: dovecot update warning

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Todd Zullinger wrote:
Tom Horsley wrote:
On Mon, 24 Aug 2009 10:19:46 -0400 Bill McGonigle wrote:

would a sed script to fix this be appropriate in the RPM?  Sorry, I
forget if scripts can know if they're running in upgrade mode.
Yeah, rpm does provide a mechanism for scriptlets to know if they are
installing, upgrading or removing.  But...

If past experience is any indication, it is easier to find and fix
these things manually than to try and automate them with "helpful"
scripts that can't possibly be tested on every config file everyone
has manually modified in weird and wonderful ways :-).
what Tom says here is quite true. :)

Perhaps a script that printed a big warning saying Hey! Your config
file mentions the "cumsieve" plugin that is no longer provided!, but
didn't try to actually fix it itself would be helpful.
That won't happen in proper Fedora packages as printing text via a
package scriptlet it is strongly frowned upon.

It seems to me that if the dovecot update can cause loss of mail
through incompatible changes, it should not be pushed to a stable
release in the first place.  If that's the case and you lost mail
because of this, it's surely worth filing a bug so the maintainer
knows about the problem.

That was my thought as well, the issue isn't totally simple, but this appears to be something that fold follow the path:
  working_mail -> apply Fedora RPM -> lost mail
It's desirable to make that "the path less traveled" because lost mail is always something a user or admin remembers as something they REALLY don't like about a distribution.
Bill Davidsen <[email protected]>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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