Bug#165921: acknowledged by developer (Re: Bug#165921: libc6: Please use debconf to warn of likely breakage on major upgrade)
On Thu, Nov 07, 2002 at 01:18:14PM -0600, Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:
> Sorry, We cannot make libc6 depend on debconf. That would make debconf
> more essential than libc6. You can see the circular dep problem.
These questions are only relevant when upgrading libc6.
The vast majority of woody installations has debconf installed due to
other packages depending on debconf.
Technically the following solution should be possible (pseudocode):
if debconf installed
ask/warn without debconf (e.g. the current "Restarting services"
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