Bug#646209: libhtml-mason-perl-examples: installs files to /var/www (in postinst)

Ansgar Burchardt ansgar at debian.org
Sat Oct 22 09:11:56 UTC 2011

Package: libhtml-mason-perl-examples
Version: 1:1.46-1
Severity: important

libhtml-mason-perl-examples by default installs files to /var/www (in
postinst).  This should not be done, see the description for the
dir-or-file-in-var-www lintian tag below:

   Debian packages should not install files under /var/www. This is not
   one of the /var directories in the File Hierarchy Standard and is
   under the control of the local administrator. Packages should not
   assume that it is the document root for a web server; it is very
   common for users to change the default document root and packages
   should not assume that users will keep any particular setting.
   Packages that want to make files available via an installed web server
   should instead put instructions for the local administrator in a
   README.Debian file and ideally include configuration fragments for
   common web servers such as Apache.
   As an exception, packages are permitted to create the /var/www
   directory due to its past history as the default document root, but
   should at most copy over a default file in postinst for a new install.
   In this case, please add a Lintian override.
   Refer to Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (The /var Hierarchy) for
   Severity: serious, Certainty: possible

We might also want to merge the *-examples with the *-doc package.


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