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Re: Debconf or not debconf : Conclusion

On Fri, Jul 04, 2003 at 12:18:33AM -0400, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> On a separate but related topic, I think a much better approach would
> be to handle configuration as a step entirely separate from the
> install phase.  Let the install be entirely quiet, and let packages
> have intelligent defaults.  If the package absolutely must be
> configured before it can be used, then let it be non-functional until
> someone actually calls dpkg-configure (which would be just like
> dpkg-reconfigure except that's the only time the questions would be
> asked).
> 						- Ted

Hear, hear.  

There is the related trouble that the only way to disable most
packages is to uninstall them.  Sometimes, it is desirable to
temporarily disable a service without removing the binaries or
changing the executability of the init.d script.

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