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Bug#367080: Please change lanuage input priority to critical

On Sat, May 13, 2006 at 03:47:30PM +0200, Steffen Joeris wrote:
> While I try to port the debian-edu installation on etch I have a small
> problem. Of course the users want to choose the language and for that we
> need localechooser. But we try to avoid more questions than neccessary,
> as you might know the advantage of a Debian-Edu/Skolelinux installation
> is to have it as easy as possible. For that we are using
> DEBCONF_PRIORITY=critical as a KERNEL_PARAMS . Well the input priority
> for the language is "high" and changing our priority to high would
> introduce more questions from other packages, which is not desirable.
> So is there a problem with changing the priority to "critical" instead
> of "high", I don't see a reason against doing that.

FWIW, I tried the approach of using DEBCONF_PRIORITY=critical in Ubuntu
and found it to be ultimately doomed. d-i assumes that critical is for
automated installs, and I found that when I tried to bump new questions
to priority critical that were designed for interactive use I caused
preseeded setups to overflow kernel parameter limits.

Linux 2.6.9 and above have weaker restrictions on the length of the
kernel command line, so maybe this isn't a problem any more, and I don't
object to this localechooser change in particular, but from my
experience I do think that using DEBCONF_PRIORITY=critical might not be
the best approach for debian-edu.


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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