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Re: Can/should debconf notes still be used?

Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> wrote:

> On Tue, 29 May 2007, Frank Küster wrote:
>> Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> wrote: 
>> > On Tue, 29 May 2007, Frank Küster wrote:
>> >> To me, the solution is to resurrect these conffiles without
>> >> prompting, because prompting doesn't make sense if the only working
>> >> answer is "yes". 
>> >
>> > Can you test to see if the system is working without the conffiles? 
>> There are about 8 RC bug reports which show quite clearly that it
>> doesn't.  There's no sense in testing that in the maintainer script.  If
>> a local admin hacked the system so much that it keeps on working without
>> them, I frankly don't care - it's no longer a Debian TeX Live system.
> My point was that in such a system you'd likely end up breaking it by
> reinstalling the conffiles; 

No, the trick would be to hack formats or executables to simply ignore
those files - reinstalling them won't have any effect.

> if such a test is relatively easy, then
> it'd be worth it. If not, then a NEWS.Debian entry on how to return to
> the previous configuration is probably good enough for such an admin.

We'll do that; the test would be quite hard, because there are tons of
possibilities to misconfigure your system such that the error looks
quite similar to a missing file.

Regards, Frank
Dr. Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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