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Re: Little things make the initial install experience painful

On Thu, Jun 20, 2002 at 12:04:46PM -0400, Joe Drew wrote:
> On Wed, 2002-06-19 at 23:51, Joey Hess wrote:
> > > * gnuplot mumbles about ordinary users, security hazards, setuid root,
> > > and SVGA console graphics. If I had to explain what this meant to my
> > > brother, an incoming freshman who is excited about running Linux, it
> > > would take at least 15 minutes and involve history lessons. For the
> > > purposes of this install gnuplot should assume a reasonable default.

> > Yes.

> This is a general problem, which I am afraid affects even my packages.
> Every single question should have a default unless there is no
> reasonable default and it will break things if it is not set up. As the
> default configuration for debconf to show is high (right?). 

> What happens if there is no Default: field in the template, there is a
> medium level question posed, and the user has high level only selected?

Hopefully, lintian/linda throws a warning?

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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