On Fri, May 26, 2000 at 11:42:21AM -0400, Andrew M. Kuchling wrote:
Because of its installation database, RPM can check if the file hasn't been modified from the originally installed version and doesn't bother backing it up if you haven't changed the file. That doesn't seem possible for Distutils, since there's no such database, so it'll just back up all the config files.
Greg suggested to me the idea of storing meta-data as part of the installation process (for later use by an uninstall command), it seems to me that this could also be used for managing config files. Unfortunately I haven't got a chance to look into it yet, but I will Real Soon Now.