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Re: configure a program -- debconf abuse?

On Sat, Jul 09, 2005 at 10:00:16AM +0300, Gustavo Noronha Silva wrote:
> Em Ter, 2005-07-05 às 21:32 +1000, Hamish Moffatt escreveu:
> > > Keeping the question priority at 'low' make sure most users will not
> > > see the question, and that only reconfigure will present it.  I hope
> > > you are not setting the debconf priority limit to low. :)
> > 
> > If we recommend against setting the priority to low, why bother with it?
> Enabling debconf pre-seeding for customized installs is a good enough
> justification IMO.

That sounds like a good use for hidden questions. But I think we ask way
too many questions on the whole.

In the last two days I helped a friend with a sarge install who is new
to linux. We installed the base system with the desktop task.

Does the new Debian user really care if their fonts are managed with
defoma, a technology they have never heard of? (And when did defomized 
become a verb?) There should be a sensible default. Why shouldn't fonts
always be managed with defoma?

Is it important at system install time to ask whether cdrecord should be
installed SUID or not? There should be a sensible default there too.

The post-reboot (debootstrap) stage asks way too many questions. 
This is a pity because the pre-reboot (d-i) stage is excellent.

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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