Re: Debconf Templates Style Guide
Scripsit Matt Zimmerman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> On Tue, Oct 28, 2003 at 11:11:13PM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:
>> especially with regard to telling the user what the conservative
>> default choice is. Many of the kernel option descriptions do indeed
>> say "If unsure, answer No" or the like. Or do I misremember?
> If we used a sentence like this, it would read "If unsure, accept the
> default", which would be redundant.
That would be a horrible sentence to put into a debconf
The *first* time I configure the package, the defaults will be those
specified by the package maintainer. But if it doesn't work and I
decided I have probably botched the configuration and run
dpkg-reconfigure on the package, the defaults are going to be whatever
I answered the first time. Then I won't be helped at all by a sentence
that just reads "use the default if unsure".
> The default choice should always be what the user wants if they are
I'm afraid you need to redesign the entire debconf system then.
Henning Makholm "The spirits will have to knit like
banshees, but with enough spirits it *can* be done!"