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Re: Integrate Knoppix in Debian (was: Re: Debian Enterprise?)

On Sat, Nov 29, 2003 at 01:53:06PM -0600, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > 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.

Erm, yes, but isn't that "/etc" ?

Certainly we're not planning on replacing /etc/exim/exim.conf with various
debconf scripts. I can't imagine that we want to drop things like "webmin"
either, which offers an alternative interface for package configuration.

Debconf is, at most, a single, standardized interface for interaction
to ensure that packages are minimally configured for operation at install.

Personally, I'm leaning towards thinking that if you have some special
configuration for a package you want people to be able to use you should
do something like:

	* dump new configuration in /etc
	* unpack package
	* configure package
		- package notices it's already been setup, 
		  doesn't do debconf
	* done!

In particular, that doesn't require the package to change every time some
random derived distribution wants to configure it in some particular way.


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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