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Re: Debconf or not debconf

On Tue, Jul 01, 2003 at 05:12:22PM +0200, Julien LEMOINE wrote:

> 	I received a bug report on stunnel package from an user [1] that complained
> about the fact that I didn't warning about the new /etc/default/stunnel file
> introduced in package (thereis a note in README.Debian and in changelog).

> 	Since debconf is not really appreciated for this use, what is the best
> solution ? Inform users with debconf or give them informations only in
> changelog and README.Debian ?

It does not belong in debconf.  Put it in the changelog -- users who
want to know what's changing on their system should be looking there
anyway, and tools such as apt-listchanges make it easier and ever to
access changelog information.

Does the introduction of /etc/default/stunnel break a large percentage
of installed systems?  If so, I would recommend looking for a way to
provide a more graceful upgrade -- this is worth much more than a note
telling users that you've just broken their systems...

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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