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This is best avoided to make updates non-interactive.To avoid dpkg handling, the upstream package is diverted to a non-active file, and restored on removal of the config package.Any alternative configuration file handling method still has to inform the native Debian/Ubuntu configuration handling systems that the native system (dpkg) should leave the new files alone and ignore changes to them.Most documentation on the web does not mention this.
If these are simply replaced, an upstream update later that modifies the same configuration file will throw dpkg into an interactive conflict resolution system.
It should respect the modifications made by the local administrator. The system should keep record of the patches installed or not installed, permit a easy way to install or remove the configuration and upgrading the configured packages without conflicts in the configuration files. It's called by a wraparound script, so it can apply the patches to the root of the Linux system and the patches files are inside the configuration directory of the package.