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Re: Bug#142944: fixing debconf stdin bug

On Tue, 13 Jan 2004 18:14:38 -0500, Joey Hess <joey@kitenet.net> said: 

> Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>> Policy merely states that you must needs use a debconf like
>> mechanism to talk to the user -- something that follows the policy
>> spec. That does not imply that debconf has sole rights -- one could
>> well have an alternate mechanism to talk to the user, which is
>> policy compliant, and not debconf.
>> Hence, stealing away stdin is a bug.

> No, policy specifies that scripts should prompt by communicating
> with a program such as debconf which implements the Debian
> Configuration management specification. That specification, as I
> pointed out before, requires that said communication be done using
> stdio.

> Debconf does not "steal" anything. If you choose to use it, you
> communicate with it using stdio.

	What if I chose to use two such frontends? There is nothing in
 policy that states that each script should communicate with one and
 only one debconf like program.

	In theoryu, I can ask a dozen questions, each using a
 different debconf like program -- and be policy compliant.

	How does the second, third and so forth program get hold of

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