On Sun, 2003-11-30 at 06:53, Steve Langasek wrote: > On Sat, Nov 29, 2003 at 07:18:17PM +0100, Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña wrote: > > However, we are currently viewing debconf as a way to do a _minimum_ > > configuration of packages. Debconf overuse is usually reported as a bug. > > I think most of the objections to "debconf abuse" really fall into two > categories: questions asked at too high of a priority, and use of > debconf on files that should be conffiles instead (because there are > sensible defaults that work for most users). Adding low-priority > questions would never fall under the first category of debconf abuse, > and the second category is only an issue if the package currently uses > conffiles. > > If there are conffiles involved, there are certainly trade-offs to be > weighed. Maybe the config file doesn't represent a sensible default, so > shouldn't be a conffile. Maybe the subproject's proposed settings > should be incorporated into the conffile as defaults. Maybe the > conffile already represents the sensible default, and the subproject > needs to re-evaluate the importance of this particular customization. > Regardless, I don't think this is a new issue arising from the growth of > subprojects, and I don't think it's an insurmountable one, either. Great to hear. > > We don't want to use, as a distribution, a single point of > > configuration like debconf. I might be wrong or things might have > > changed. > > I thought consensus was pretty good that we *do* want to have a single, > standardized interface for package configuration wherever possible. > With the exception of essential packages that can't depend on debconf That makes sense. That might be where the confusion lay. > (but can use it if installed), all interactively-configured packages > that I've installed of late have been fully debconf-based. I think > we're getting close to the point where policy can be changed to make > debconf a 'must' without rendering packages instantly buggy. So that's on the cards. Good to hear. Thanks Zen -- NEW! The Debian Enterprise Project: http://debian-enterprise.org/ Homepage: http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~zenaan/ PGP Key: http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~zenaan/zen.asc Please respect this email's confidentiality as sensibly warranted.
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