On Mon, Jan 29, 2001 at 04:44:29PM -0800, Philippe Troin wrote: > Michael Bramer <email@example.com> writes: > > > The am-utils init script (enclosed here) uses debconf to retrieve the > > > configuration information. > > > > NO! > > > > Don't use debconf in > > - init-script > > - in the Program itself > > Who says that ? Is this policy or written anywhere ? 1.) ask joey hess 2.) read /usr/doc/debconf/introduction.txt.gz debconf is way to ask questions from the user, store this answers to pursue: - don't ask question several times - use the same (unexchangeable) frontend all the time - ask all question befor installing the package it is not a registry ala MS and it don't replace /etc/* > > Debian is not a MS-W***, it is a UNIX. > > Disparaging MS-W*** doesn't make an argument. ok. but on a unix system, the configuration is store in flat files in /etc/ and not in a database like debconf (as default). > > And I configure my system with the vi[m] and not with dpkg-reconfig ! > > > > Ask with debconf, write a config-file and ask this config-file. > > This means that the info is stored twice: > > - in the "config file". > > - in the debconf database. no. The information is store only in the configuration file. The programm, the init.d-script ... show only on this file, not in debconf. > What should happen if the "config file" is changed outside of debconf > and then a change is made with debconf ? See policy '4.7.3. Behavior' : Configuration file handling must conform to the following behavior: * local changes must be preserved during a package upgrade * configuration files should be preserved when the package is removed, and only deleted when the package is purged. don't update the configuration file on a update, only on user request (dpkg-reconfigure or after a purge) > I hope by "config file" you do not mean conffile. A conffile should > never be modified automatically (except by dpkg). set 'config file' = configuration file Gruss Grisu -- Michael Bramer - a Debian Linux Developer http://www.debian.org PGP: finger firstname.lastname@example.org -- Linux Sysadmin -- Use Debian Linux Falls Ihr Rechner zu oft blau macht ist es Zeit auf Linux umzusteigen.
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