Policy for dealing with webapps' datafiles?

Andrew P. infofarmer at gmail.com
Mon Nov 14 05:03:47 PST 2005

Many applications, particularly web applications,
store data in xml, text or binary files. They come
with an initial set of files, so that we can start
using them right away - without the need to create
anything (which might even be unsupported).

So, you install a forum, a calendar or something
else, use it, like it - but when you run portupgrade
all your data is gone.

It seems that the most harmless way to deal with
it is to leave potentially valuable files untouched
during deinstall, and echo a message about it. It's
ugly and reminds me of debian apt, but we've got
to deal with it one way or another.

Does anyone have a bright idea about this? I
searched some mailing lists, but never saw one
big discussion on this.

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