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Re: Bug#238193: use debconf to manage permissions of ls-r not high-priority question

On Mon, Mar 15, 2004 at 04:26:19PM -0500, Sam Hartman wrote:
> package: tetex-bin
> severity: important

> Pretend that I'm a new user of TeX.  I install TeX as a build
> dependency of some package I want to build.  (The second part is true;
> I'm actually fairly familiar with Tex, but not everyone in the world
> is)

> I'm prompted with the following:

> Configuring tetex-bin
> ---------------------

> The metafont program can store fonts generated by users running xdvi, dvips,
> etc. so they need not be re-generated repeatedly.  They are stored in
> /var/lib/texmf and /var/cache/fonts, with "ls-R" file lists showing where the
> font files are stored.

> Accepting this option will allow you to easily manage the permissions of those
> ls-R files using debconf.

> :-! Use debconf to manage permissions of ls-R files? 

> That's completely unacceptable to present as a high priority question
> to a new user.  IT has an obvious default (yes) and tetex-bin is a
> dependency of enough stuff that it should not ask questions during a
> normal install.

As usual, this question only exists because it masks a more insidious
bug: there would be no reason to ask at all if the debconf support were
actually policy-compliant in the handling of users' local configuration.

This should, by all rights, be a "serious" bug, but I don't know whether
it's realistic to consider this RC for sarge now that it's been ignored
for so long.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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