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Re: PROPOSAL: automatic installation and configuration

Or, an easier idea is to do an install with a --noconfig(does no-act do this?) 
or something that would delay the configuration of packages.  THEN, we can set
up whatever other tools that would allow us to configure these packages, either
through a GUI, ncurses, or interactive text message.  The new tools would then
set the "configured" flag we already have in each package.  The dpkg --configure
is obviously there to allow for packages that have not been configured.  I
havn't looked TOO closely at the package structure in a while, but it seems this
would make it MUCH easier to install for newbies.  What do you think?

						Dave Bristel

On Thu, 27 May 1999, Amos Shapira wrote:

> Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 13:14:33 +0300
> From: Amos Shapira <amos@gezernet.co.il>
> To: debian-devel@lists.debian.org
> Cc: goswin.brederlow@student.uni-tuebingen.de
> Subject: Re: PROPOSAL: automatic installation and configuration
> Resent-Date: 27 May 1999 10:14:40 -0000
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> From: Massimo Dal Zotto <dz@cs.unitn.it>
> > Whichever automatic installation system we decide to introduce in Debian,
> > a reorganization (more or less substantial) will be absolutely mandatory.
> > 
> > The current configuration method is totally incompatible with an automatic
> > installation system, and the best installation tool we could design would be
> > totally useless unless *ALL* packages have been made compatible with it.
> I think I understand what you mean by that and agree with it.
> I did some more thinking about the proposed system and noticed that
> even, for instance, it is used with an X11 interface to pop-up a
> window for each question individually, it can get quite annoying to
> the user.
> Another option to do this without needing a major reorg might be to
> instruct script writers to concentrate ALL the questions as early as
> possible in the script, hopefully in one large chunk.  That way it
> might be easier to replace the entire chunk of questions with some
> database-access command (or consolidate the questions in a single GUI
> window).
> > If we design a general enough dpkg-getconfig/dpkg-message API we could later
> > replace the initial tool with a much more sophisticated one, possibly using
> > a totally different user interface or method for handling the configurations.
> Right.
> Cheers,
> --Amos
> --Amos Shapira                  | "Of course Australia was marked for
>                                 |  glory, for its people had been chosen
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>                                 |                         -- Anonymous

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