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

On Sun, 2003-11-30 at 14:42, Anthony Towns wrote:
> 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

Mm - that's what I meant. thanks for the clarification.

> 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.

Sounding nice.


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