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Re: installing a package from "Config-files" state earlier than the most recent stable release

On 16 Jun 2006, Frank Küster uttered the following:

> Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> wrote:
>> On 16 Jun 2006, Frank Küster told this:
>>> Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> wrote:
>>>> On 14 Jun 2006, Steve Langasek outgrape:
>>>>> Just like there's no guarantee that saying "no" to a conffile
>>>>> prompt when upgrading across stable releases will give you a
>>>>> usable package.
>>>> I prefer in that case not to install the new version of the
>>>> package; since questions can be missed in a dist-upgrade.  Some
>>>> of my packages default to not upgrading unless some questions are
>>>> answered affirmatively -- so the end result is still a working
>>>> package (as long as the dependencies still exist).
>>> How do you achieve this?  The conffile questions are displayed
>>> after the new package is unpacked, so isn't a failing postinst all
>>> you can get?  How do you get back to the old version?
>> I ask the questions in preinst.
> So you aren't talking about dpkg's conffile questions, right?  Or is
> there a trick?

        You are quite correct. I translated conffile into
 configuration file in my head. I don't know how to do this if dpkg is
 the entity asking the question.

Great acts are made up of small deeds. Lao Tsu
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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