[collectd] "Redesign" of the Debian collectd package

Sebastian Harl sh at tokkee.org
Tue Feb 16 22:44:17 CET 2010

Hi Mariusz,

Sorry for the late reply -- I'm still fairly undecided about this.

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 12:35:25PM +0200, Mariusz Gronczewski wrote:
> one more thing about collectd package. Atm (at least in testing) when
> u purge package it removes all rrd files from /var/lib/collectd, so
> when for example (like i did on one of my servers) u want to compile
> ur own version (coz u need plugin x or function y and ure using stable
> whch dont have it) and u remove collectd package all data is gone
> (good i had backups ;]), it should ask like some other packages "do u
> want to remove statistic data also" (i think mysql and dokuwiki have
> something like that)

The way I currently see this is that "purge" is supposed to remove all
tracks of the package from your system and I'm not sure if this warrants
introducing an, imho, rather annoying debconf question. If you want to
keep your data (including configuration), you should use "remove" rather
than "purge". OTOH, removing collected data is really annoying as well …

I guess, I'll see if I can find out about "best practices" regarding
that kind of issue.


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