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Re: [custom] Custom Debian Distros need the help from debian developers

On Sun, Feb 15, 2004 at 06:43:59PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 15, 2004 at 06:50:43PM +0100, Christian Perrier wrote:
> > Hmmmm, I've read over and over about this "debconf abuse" and "debconf
> > is not a registry" things.

> > But, even with debian-installer, we use it as a registry..:-) (look at
> > debian-installer/country, for instance.....this could be used by many
> > many packages instead of promprting again and again for countries)

> debian-installer is essentially one integrated installation sequence,
> and you don't have to worry that people will delete the debconf cache
> from under you or edit configuration files by hand in the middle of the
> installation which would then need to be re-read. This is not the case
> in the Debian system proper.

... moreover, I'm pretty sure d-i will still DTRT if you did muddle with
the cache mid-install.  (Or if not, it's only because cdebconf keeps its
cache *in memory*... :)

> > Moreover, people fighting against debconf abuse seem to forget
> > something : debconf is currently the one and only way to ask for
> > settings IN THE USER LANGUAGE.

> Surely not? While people may not use it much, gettext(1) is available
> and can be used from postinsts.

The proposed replacement for debconf note abuse is apt-listchanges +
NEWS.Debian, for which there is currently no l10n mechanism.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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