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Re: dselect and its help messages

On Wed, Jan 12, 2005 at 11:19:26AM +0100, Domenico Andreoli wrote:
> > dpkg (1.10.26) unstable; urgency=low
> >   * Revert to current 'stable' behaviour of Space/Enter/'Q' in the dselect
> >     help screen, Space leaves the help screen and Enter and 'Q' do nothing.
> >     It's dangerous to encourage users to press Enter or 'Q' since they
> >     commit changes in the package selection screen.                   
> > 
> >   * ...
> > 
> >  -- Scott James Remnant <scott@netsplit.com>  Tue, 11 Jan 2005 16:26:51 +0000
> oh no, these are bad news :(
> i found it very fast using Enter to exit the help message. i'm not
> talking about the first one shown on entering package selection but the
> (usually "many") ones shown before dependency conflict resolution. it
> was everything in the right hand... really fast. and i've never been
> confused by this behaviour.
> IMHO people confused by dselect should switch to another dpkg/apt
> frontend and not break it.

The change *to* Enter was the thing that broke dselect for those of us
who have been using it since woody and earlier. Switching back to the
old behaviour unbroke it. As the changelog message states, encouraging
people to press Enter in dselect is dangerous.

Use 'dselect --expert' if you don't want to see the help messages at


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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