Re: Galloping featurism is not the problem
I think you could add Lars' proposal for a configuration database to the
list of things to be considered for an improved "dselect". Configuration
should be at selection time, should happen via a script that sets stuff
in the configuration database, and _batch_ configuration (for what the
Windows people call a "push" installation) should be possible. The pre-
and post-install scripts should be noninteractive and should read the
configuration database. You can call the configuration script "configure",
and install it in /DEBIAN, and dpkg will move it to
/var/lib/dpkg/info/<package-name>.configure . The global Debian
configuration tool that we haven't written yet can call these scripts
if the user wants to administer something - and the scripts will have to
have a special argument that says "run your own postinst script" for that
You don't really have to wait for the 1.2 release to start on this.
Lots of people are already working on 1.3 stuff.
Bruce Perens K6BP Bruce@Pixar.com
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