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Bug#337011: installation-guide: Please document the new ways to preseed root and user passwords

On Thursday 03 November 2005 08:59, Christian Perrier wrote:
> Well, I basically agree. I had this concern while writing the text but
> I was then a bit lazy and preferred to see this item (which was at the
> top of my TODO list for a while, thanks to Holger) done.
> However, correct me if I'm wrong, but actually preseeding is only
> covered by the examples, right?

AT basically yes. But I think there are good reason to expand it into a 
separate appendix. That could start by explaining the basic concepts, how 
preseeding works in different installation methods, how to create a 
preseed file, how to find valid values, explain the various hooks in more 
detail (early/late commands), etc.

> There's no other place where preseeding is covered with more details?

No. As I said we currently only have the short introduction [1] and the 
example [2]

> If so, then I guess I should move the paragraphs I added to shadow.xml
> to the example files themselves...

Well, yes. Unless we want to use your text as a first more extensive text 
in a new appendix.

One idea could be is to break up the current example into parts and 
preseed each part by an introduction. This would also be good for 
translators as the current massive example is rather hard on them...
I think it should still be possible to merge the different parts 
automatically into one example file at build time to which we could link. 

[1] http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/ch04s07.html#preseed
[2] http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/apcs01.html

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