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Re: dselect and its help messages

On Thu, Jan 13, 2005 at 02:00:23PM +1100, Hamish Moffatt wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 12, 2005 at 03:20:19PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> > 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
> > all.
> How about a way to suppress the help screen permanently, such as an
> environment option or dotfile?
> I can't get rid of it quickly enough. What other program shows you its
> help screen every time you run it? And space to dismiss the help screen
> is not very intuitive.

since it is a help message, it could well tell the user how to get rid
of it permanently, couldn't it?

something like:

  If you want to get rid of this help message use the --expert
  command-line switch or set the expert option in file /etc/dpkg/dselect.cfg.

wouldn't it be appropriate in both the opening and conflict resolution
help screens?

my last 2 cents to the topic...


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