Re: Bug#7865: wget says to read the manual to know how to use it.
I think this should be removed from the postinst. Quote from
3.5 Maintainer scripts
The package installation scripts should avoid producing output which
it is unnecessary for the user to see and should rely on dpkg to stave
off boredom on the part of a user installing many packages. This
means, amongst other things, using the --quiet option on install-info.
Packages should try to minimise the amount of prompting they need to
do, and they should ensure that the user will only ever be asked each
question once. This means that packages should try to use appropriate
shared configuration files (such as /etc/papersize and
/etc/news/server, rather than each prompting for their own list of
required pieces of information.
If a package has a vitally important piece of information to pass to
the user (such as "don't run me as I am, you must edit the following
configuration files first or you risk your system emitting
badly-formatted messages"), it should display this in the postinst
script and prompt the user to hit return to acknowledge the message.
Copyright messages do not count as vitally important (they belong in
/usr/doc/copyright); neither do instructions on how to use a program
(these should be in on line documentation, where all the users can see
Telling me to RTFM is not important enough to interrupt the
install. I mean, reading the documentation (and this is in the
standard places) is supposed to be the *norm*, right?
Manoj Srivastava <url:mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mobile, Alabama USA <url:http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>