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Bug#231083: installation-reports: sarge i386 beta2, success but severe glitches

On Thu, Feb 05, 2004 at 12:17:53AM +1100, Andree Leidenfrost wrote:
> - why is gdm not part of the gnome package (I have selected gnome in
>   dselect)?

Seems to be only a Suggests: from gnome-desktop-environment (upon which
gnome depends). dselect will have mentioned it to you in dependency
resolution, at least.

> - Question: Do you want set up mandb setuid man? Explanation: nothing <doh>

Hm? This is from the package in testing (I'm the maintainer):

Description: Do you want man and mandb to be installed setuid man?
 The man and mandb program can be installed with the set-user-id bit set,
 so that they will run with the permissions of the 'man' user. This allows
 ordinary users to benefit from the caching of preformatted manual pages
 ('cat pages'), and means that the database of man page descriptions is
 automatically kept up to date by people reading man pages. Storing cat
 pages, in particular, may aid performance on slower machines.
 Cached man pages only work if you are using a "normal"-width terminal (66
 to 80 characters wide). This is to avoid one user causing cat pages to be
 saved at widths that would be inconvenient for other users. In a future
 release this will be configurable. Until then, if you use a wide terminal,
 you can force man pages to be formatted to 80 characters anyway by setting
 Enabling this feature may be a security risk, so it is disabled by
 default. If in doubt, I suggest you leave it disabled.

I don't see how the description could have gone missing unless debconf
is buggy, and I've never seen this bug.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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