Re: (forw) Debconf abuse by several packages
Joey Hess wrote:
In the case of disctionaries-common, there exist debconf variables taken
from d-i for the user's preferred language and country; it should be
easy to use those to eliminate the question about which dictionary to
use as default.
Are they available for upgrades? In my sid box
/var/cache/debconf# grep debian-installer config.dat templates.dat
templates.dat:Extended_description: This is a dummy item, containing the
value of debian-installer/keymap from the debian-installer cdebconf
Also note that it is not always easy to guess a reasonable default,
people having a locale selected at d-i might want to use aspell for that
language and so not have any ispell dict installed for that language,
but have another ispell dicts installed. The current behavior with
DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive is to keep current selection if any or
select the first (alphabetically sorted) choice if not, and I think that
is what we will get if the priority is lowered.
On the other hand, current dictionaries-common questions are debconf
shared questions owned by either the ispell dictionaries or the
wordlists, although for easier maintainance the templates are in
dictionaries-common. Any change in this should be carefully designed
since it must be done in all .config files for each class.