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Especially during a do_release_upgrade, I am used to encounter a large number of prompts

Modified (by you or by a script) since installation

which I usually answer with N to keep my modifications, but typically do so only after a thorough look at the differences with D. For of course I'd prefer to accept the maintainers version if my changes were irrelevant (and so I hope this file will at least not be questioned in the next upgrade), and I also wish to avoid the danger that my modified but old configuration might keep some legacy security risks alive. So in addition, I note down the names of all files complained about for later thorough inspection once the overall upgrade has completed and I have a lot of spare time available.

Q1: Can I obtain a list of all files that the system might consider "Modified (by you or by a script) since installation" before actually doing an upgrade? -- The answer to this is perhaps simply sudo debsums --config --changed (and right now gives me a list of almost 50 files)

Q2: If so, can I compare with / reset to the original version? This might be particularly helpful in the many cases where a local change I stupidly made to /etc/foobar can be relocated into an automatically included file /etc/foobar.d/99-local.

At any rate, investigating such differences before an actual upgrade may well facilitate and accelerate the upgrade process itself.

Q3: My gut feeling is that sometimes even an unmodified file is considered modified?! At least, the D option sometimes shows me differences only in terms of verbose comments (by the original author/maintainer)

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  • This sounds like a feature request. Maybe this question could be of some help to you askubuntu.com/questions/28440/where-can-i-send-feature-requests – David Jan 10 at 14:32
  • For Q2 see things like etckeeper. I'd ask about restoring the unmodified/original versions via debsums on unix/linux stackexchange separately. I think that's all that would be needed here, especially if debsums (or sudo dpkg --verify) could compare to specifyable versions of your distro. – mYnDstrEAm Jan 12 at 19:23

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