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Re: use and abuse of debconf

On Mon, Jan 15, 2001 at 07:56:47PM -0200, Henrique M Holschuh wrote:

> On Mon, 15 Jan 2001, Goswin Brederlow wrote:
> > Can be allow users to read certain answeres from the debconf? It would
> > be much easier to just read the values from debconf instead of
> > changing a config file every time and sourcing that.
> Please don't!  If people start storing important state in debconf like that,
> that means we will need to extract that data from debconf's database if we
> want to move a package and all its configuration somewhere else.
> Debconf is NOT meant to become the Debian Registry (in reference to that
> horrid excuse for an OS we all know and many of us hate). At least I *sure*
> hope so...

I don't know whether it's there or not, but the debconf tutorial should have a
section that explains VERY FORCEFULLY that debconf questions asked in .config
should only be read by other maintainer scripts.

 - mdz

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