Package Management

David Kraeutmann lfs-list at
Thu Feb 12 15:54:58 PST 2009

Randy McMurchy wrote:
> Hi all,
> Though this topic may be borderline off-topic for the -dev lists, they
> have the most traffic, and just may be relevant.
> My question is this:
> How do others handle the situation where directories are created by
> a package during the package install, and then other packages install
> other files in these directories?
> Take for example, GLib. During my installations, Glib is one of the
> first packages I install (in fact do it during the chroot phase of LFS).
> Anyway, for example GLib will create a /usr/share/gtk-doc directory
> and the corresponding html directory and then populate it.
> Later on other packages will populate /usr/share/gtk-doc/html with
> other files/directories. Now, a bit later, I may want to update GLib
> to a more recent version. The first thing I do is use my log of installed
> files and directories during the initial Glib installation to remove
> anything it had installed.
> I don't like overwriting files, I prefer to remove all old files from
> the previous version before commencing an installation of a newer version.
> But I can't remove the /usr/share/gtk-doc directory as other packages
> have also used it since.
> After removing all the GLib files, I will usually remove all the log
> files associated with that initial installation. And this leaves me with
> the dilemma that there is now no package that shows it created the
> /usr/share/gtk-doc directory.
> This is not harmful, but from a logging standpoint it has a deficiency
> in that I can't determine what package initially installed the directory.
> I realize I could keep my old logs from packages I've since removed and
> replaced, but I'm wondering how others do it.
I use package users as describe in,
that system works entirely without logging, just do a `find / -user
$pkg_user` and get needed files.

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