Your message dated Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:44:51 -0700
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and subject line Closing inactive Policy bugs
has caused the Debian Bug report #412668,
regarding Extend configuration file protection to symlinks
to be marked as done.

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Package: debian-policy
Version: 3.7.2.2
Severity: important

[Severity set as important, because the lack of a requirement can
have serious implications, including security ones.]

Configuration is sometimes represented in another way than contents
of a configuration file, e.g. a set of symbolic links. However there
is absolutely no reason to regard such information as less important
than the contents of a configuration file. This is particularly true
for 10.7.3, e.g. the Debian policy should require that local changes
in symbolic links (or whatever that can represent a configuration)
must be preserved during an upgrade.

An example is bug 412159 that is not regarded as a release-critical
bug though one of the settings is not preserved, because the
corresponding configuration is represented by a symbolic link
somewhere in /etc.

Note: though in this bug, the lost configuration is just one bit of
information, this is still annoying, and in general, symbolic links
can also represent much more information and possibly configuration
related to security/privacy settings.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-4-686-bigmem
Locale: LANG=POSIX, LC_CTYPE=en_US.ISO8859-1 (charmap=ISO-8859-1)

-- no debconf information


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control: user debian-pol...@packages.debian.org
control: usertag -1 +obsolete
control: tag -1 +wontfix

Russ Allbery and I did a round of in-person bug triage at DebConf17 and
we are closing this bug as inactive.

The reasons for closing fall into the following categories, from most
frequent to least frequent:

- issue is appropriate for Policy, there is a consensus on how to fix
  the problem, but preparing the patch is very time-consuming and no-one
  has volunteered to do it, and we do not judge the issue to be
  important enough to keep an open bug around;

- issue is appropriate for Policy but there does not yet exist a
  consensus on what should change, and no recent discussion.  A fresh
  discussion might allow us to reach consensus, and the messages in the
  old bug are unlikely to help very much; or

- issue is not appropriate for Policy.

If you feel this bug is still relevant and want to restart the
discussion, you can re-open the bug.  However, please consider instead
opening a new bug with a message that summarises and condenses the
previous discussion, updates the report for the current state of Debian,
and makes clear exactly what you think should change.

A lot of these old bugs have long side tangents and numerous messages,
and that old discussion is not necessarily helpful for figuring out what
Debian Policy should say today.

-- 
Sean Whitton

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