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Re: debconf vs. the sysadmin

On Thu, Aug 03, 2000 at 11:01:45AM -0500, Steve Greenland wrote:
> On 03-Aug-00, 02:13 (CDT), Mark Brown <broonie@tardis.ed.ac.uk> wrote: 

> > One thing you can try to do is to have the debconf config script try to 
> > set itself up with the values in the configuration file and only update 
> > the bits of the configuration file it understands. 

> This is specifically discouraged in the debconf tutorial, and I
> agree. It's not a general solution, since some packages will need to
> generate the initial config file from a template, and the template won't
> be available during the config stage. Yeah, there are ways to work
> around it, but it becomes a huge kludge.

That's about what I said, yes (well, handling non-existing configuration
files isn't really a problem, but the rest is).  The only advantage is 
that it's less likely to do something the user doesn't expect.

Mark Brown  mailto:broonie@tardis.ed.ac.uk   (Trying to avoid grumpiness)
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