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update-alternatives --remove <alternative> foo is called in the postrm maintainer script.

Instead, update-alternatives --remove should be called in prerm.

Th present command will not work as intended. When postrm runs, foo was already deleted. update-alternatives will then ignore the program while constructing the list of available alternatives.

If the symbolic link in /etc/alternatives then still points at foo, update-alternatives will not recognize it. It will then mark the link as site-specific.

Going forward, the symbolic link will no longer be updated automatically. It will be left dangling until update-alternatives --auto <alternative> is run by hand.

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The tag is present in Lintian version 2.114.163. That is the most recent version we know about.

We use semantic versions. The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the 2.114.0 release tag in our Git repository.

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Visibility: warning

Renamed from:
  • maintainer-script-should-not-use-update-alternatives-remove

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