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Re: Configuration management and packages

Previously Raul Miller wrote:
> > 4a) multiple choices from a list (unless we want to continue doing
> > apache module configuration as a long series of individual choices).
> >
> > More maybe that should be 1a) .. we should have default values for
> > each.

Wichert Akkerman <wakkerma@wiggy.ml.org> wrote:
> a list of booleans sounds like a better choice. But then it's not a
> seperate type anymore, but simply multiple items of type 1 (boolean).

We're talking about a user-interface mechanism, and we haven't defined
an event-driven environment for dpkg installation and removal scripts
to exist in, so it's not quite that simple.

Or do we want to talk about creating a query system where the package
pre-registers its queries with dpkg, and dpkg is allowed to obtain the
answers to these questions before the package is unpacked? In some ways,
this would be a cleaner system, but I'm not sure if it would work for
packages with complex requirements. 

Remember that some packages just run a program under /usr/sbin/ for
their prompting, and remember that apt will run dpkg multiple times,
and remember that some packages are currently introspecting to decide
whether or not the user should be prompted.


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