Linux kernel packages for Debian have historically had complex maintainer scripts which can invoke the initramfs builder and/or a boot loader, based on a mixture of file tests, explicit configuration through the file /etc/initramfs.conf and debconf questions. Starting with Debian 6.0, this should be greatly simplified. The new policy is published at <http://kernel-handbook.alioth.debian.org/ch-update-hooks.html>. This policy will affect packages of the Linux kernel, initramfs builders boot loaders, and the debian-installer. I regret that this policy has been set so late in the release cycle, but currently a kernel update can easily leave the system unbootable and this did need to be addressed before release. A later version of this policy may also cover FreeBSD and GNU Mach kernels. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.
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