Simon Marlow simonmar@microsoft.com
Fri, 23 Feb 2001 10:50:27 -0000

> In practice installation script of an external package does
> --del-package before --add-package, because if it was=20
> installed before,
> --add-package would cause an error.
> Wouldn't be reasonable then to let --add-package overwrite=20
> any existing
> package of that name? There is no real safety, because the package
> is explicitly deleted anyway.

I don't think I agree.  Installation of an external package shouldn't be
doing --delete-package first: that should be left to the user (or rpm
-e, or whatever).  If you want to install a new package that replaces an
existing one, you have to remove the existing one first.