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Re: Little things make the initial install experience painful

On 19-Jun-02, 22:51 (CDT), Joey Hess <joey@kitenet.net> wrote: 
> Big "how to write a debconf question" clue-stick time. Listen up.
> [...]

Nice. Thank-you.

That ought to be posted once a week to debian-devel and debian-mentors.
Or possibly debian-devel-announce. It should absolutely be part of the
new "Best practices" section in the developer's reference.


> (Thirdly, if you can figure out the answer to a question with some kind
> of hardware probing, that'd be nice.)

Fourthly, if you can specify a reasonable default, don't ask at all.
Debconf is NOT a general configuration tool, it's a standard way to ask
questions that must be asked. It seems like a lot of packages that used
to just ship a standard default conffile are now using debconf. This is
not a good trend - our installations should be less interactive, not

Steve Greenland

    The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
    system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
    world.       -- seen on the net

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