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Re: critical problems in 2.3.5 prevent release

On Fri, Jun 08, 2001 at 02:30:47PM -0800, Ethan Benson wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 08, 2001 at 10:10:42AM -0500, Stephen R Marenka wrote:
> > 
> > powerpc-utils wants to update a conffile. The prompt fails because stdin
> > is /dev/null. You then get repeat 20 failures of dpkg because
> > powerpc-utils never configures. This should be fixed in
> > debootstrap-0.1.10. I usually hand-patch the woody script 
> > (/usr/lib/debootstrap/scripts/woody if memory serves) to include
> > --force-confold before I install base (while I wait for
> > debootstrap-0.1.10 to show up ;-).
> its in sid now.  i think the force-confold is the wrong solution
> personally.  any package running into this problem is broken and
> should be fixed.  --force-confold is treating the symptom, not the cause.

First, I agree with you. However, my question is *what* is broken? Should
dpkg know about DEBIAN_FRONTEND? How do conffile prompts get handled
otherwise? Certainly there should be an elegant way to install a bunch
of packages without prompts?

> one thing that would help is setting boot-command to that hack that
> waits for the disk to spin up and tries again. 

I have that hanging around somewhere. I'll see if I can't dig it up and
add it in.

Is there a way to test to see if the nvramrc patches have been applied?
We could at least prompt the users then.


Stephen R. Marenka     If life's not fun, you're not doing it right!

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