Checking /usr/local/ before upgrading

Christofer C. Bell christofer.c.bell at
Tue Oct 30 05:49:39 UTC 2007

On 10/29/07, Pär Andersson <paran at> wrote:
> That is really wrong, placing something stupid under for
> example /usr/local/bin should really not break upgrades or any other system
> software. Please read chapter "9.1.2 Site-specific programs" of the Debian
> Policy Manual, Fergal provided a link and a quote of the most relevant part
> in his e-mail.

There's nothing wrong going on here.  This was a simple case of user
error.  The user installed software (albeit under a different release)
that was not compatible with the current release.  The system was
configured to use software installed in /usr/local prior to being
upgraded, and continued to do so after being upgraded.  That this
software was incompatible with the newly installed operating system is
not the fault of the operating system.

ie; There is nothing to be learned by over analyzing this issue other
than a valuable life lesson on the part of the system administrator.


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