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Private-only debconf templates for preseeding

Hello everyone,

The background for this question is Lintian Bug#492626.

There are several packages in the archive that use private debconf
templates where the only interface to them is preseeding.  Examples
include the readahead package (where the preseed was added for Debian Edu)
and cpufrequtils (which documents the preseed in README.Debian).

Currently, Debian flags these packages as not using po-debconf.  That's
probably the wrong tag regardless, but I'm trying to figure out which way
to fix it.  One approach is to consider this a reasonable use of debconf
and fix Lintian to not tag it at all.  Another would be to tag packages
that have only private debconf questions as a situation that doesn't make
a lot of sense.

My initial reaction was that anything that's worth making available for
configuration via preseeding is worth a low-priority debconf prompt, and
that having preseeding be the only interface is a weird way to use
debconf.  But I'm starting to reconsider, particularly given Policy
3.9.1's dictate to minimize prompting.

What do people think about this?

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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