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I have noticed a number of duplicate files such as the default Apache vHost, I have both: - default - default.dpkg-dist

Will Apache still read the .dpkg-dist file extension?

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No, no installed package should need files with the *.dpkg* extensions. These files show up when you are upgrading a package. If you you choose to keep your existing package the configuration that came with the upgraded package is saved as .dpkg-dist. If you choose to use the new configuration then your old file will be saved as .dpkg-old.

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Is there perhaps some documentation on this that you could link to? – SamB Feb 8 '12 at 18:50
@SamB, This kind of mentions it. I am not sure where the official doc is anymore. – Zoredache Feb 8 '12 at 19:36
@Zoredache will apache still read these config files? – John Magnolia Dec 8 '12 at 9:29

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