Lintian Reports (Beta Testing)

W maintainer-script-should-not-use-update-alternatives-remove

update-alternatives --remove <alternative> foo is called in the postrm. This can be dangerous because at the time the postrm is executed foo has already been deleted and update-alternatives will ignore it while constructing its list of available alternatives. Then, if the /etc/alternatives symlink points at foo, update-alternatives won't recognize it and will mark the symlink as something site-specific. As such, the symlink will no longer be updated automatically and will be left dangling until update-alternatives --auto <alternative> is run by hand.

update-alternatives --remove should be called in the prerm instead.

Refer to Debian Policy Manual (Alternative versions of an interface - update-alternatives (from old Packaging Manual)) and the update-alternatives(8) manual page for details.

Severity: warning

Check: scripts

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