Bug#553551: op-panel: dir-or-file-in-var-www /var/www/op-panel-dhtml and one other

Manoj Srivastava srivasta at debian.org
Sun Nov 1 06:11:46 UTC 2009

Package: op-panel
Version: 0.27.dfsg-2
Severity: serious
User: lintian-maint at debian.org
Usertags: dir-or-file-in-var-www

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.

Refer to Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (The /var Hierarchy) for

One solution that works is to put configuration files into
/etc/<package_name>, put static content, if any, into
/usr/{share,lib}/<package_name>, then create /var/lib/<package name>
as home for the package, and symlink the files from /etc and /usr/
into the /var/lib/<package_name>. Then create a simple set of
configuration snippets for popular web servers (for example, files one
may link into /etc/apache2/conf.d) and put them into
/etc/<package_name>. This way user modifiable files stil live in /etc,
and a simple operation can make the package go live.

Filed as serious, since this is a violation of the FHS (which is part
of policy), and also since a package with these files will currently
get this package rejected. See
for details. This means the package has been deemed too buggy to be in


-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (990, 'unstable'), (500, 'oldstable'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_US.UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages op-panel depends on:
ii  adduser                       3.111      add and remove users and groups
ii  perl                          5.10.1-6   Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 

Versions of packages op-panel recommends:
pn  asterisk                      <none>     (no description available)

op-panel suggests no packages.

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