This seems like a bit of an abuse of conffiles, as those files aren't
really intended for user modification. It seems like this is a pretty
niche use case that doesn't apply to the vast majority of users.

Have you looked at dpkg-divert? This can be used to force packages to
install specific files to a diverted location. For example, 'dpkg-divert
--add --rename --divert /lib/firmware/
/lib/firmware/nic_AMDA0058-0011_2x40.nffw' should cause the
nic_AMDA0058-0011_2x40.nffw file from linux-firmware updates to be
written to

** Changed in: linux-firmware (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Incomplete

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  netronome firmware symlinks are overwritten by package upgrade

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