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Re: Proposed handling of generated configuration files (Re: stop the "manage with debconf" madness)

On Sun, Apr 20, 2003 at 12:59:27PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:

> >>>>> On Sun, 20 Apr 2003 12:22:31 -0400,
> >>>>> Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> said: 
>  > In my first message, I listed bullet points for goals, most of
>  > which ucf meets, and then outlined the problems with this model,
>  > and linked to previous threads discussing them in detail.
>  > http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2003/debian-devel-200304/msg01320.html
> 	From my reading of that message, about the only thing that is
>  missing is using debconf to ask the questions. Have I missed
>  anything? (I must confess I only skimmed the first few layers of the
>  message tree you pointed to as references; from my memory of those
>  discussions, there was little new, and the consensus seemed to have
>  been reached for post-inst prompting).

Yes, debconf would seem to be the only item in that list that ucf does not
implement, now that the three-way option is documented in 0.12 (18 Apr).

> 	Using debconf is on the TODO list for ucf, and perhaps a
>  rewrite of the current prototype in C for speed later down the line.

ucf still has the same fundamental problem with regard to preconfiguration,
which was the primary issue that I raised in my original message.  The
consensus, as I recall, was that preconfiguration is important, and that
prompting in postinst should be minimized.  If such a system is to be used
for a large number of packaging, this would mean moving a large number of
prompts into postinst, which I think is undesirable.

 - mdz

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