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Bug#181124: general: install dselect with gnome front-end, then remove gnome, dselect fails

On Sat, Feb 15, 2003 at 04:29:02PM +0000, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> a single error in installing then subsequently makes it impossible
> to recover using ANY method, e.g. apt-get -f install, and things
> get into a totally unusable state.

not to minimize this problem (yes, debconf should fall back to another
frontend if one fails), but i believe there still is a way to fix
your problem.  check out debconf-communicate(1) and debconf-show(1).
you can use them to get/set debconf db variables (such as 


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