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Re: Emdebian Policy

On Mon, 8 Aug 2011 11:41:06 +0200
Holger Levsen <holger@layer-acht.org> wrote:

> Hi Neil,
> applause, thanks & good luck to making grip official!


> just one tiny comment:
> On Sonntag, 7. August 2011, Neil Williams wrote:
> > 9.8 Keyboard configuration - Note that many Emdebian devices will not
> > have a keyboard of any kind (except on-screen after installation), so
> > packages should not use methods that prevent the use of a serial
> > console or network console or use methods that rely on a physical
> > keyboard.
> I think this is unneeded, packages must prompt via debconf already and I 
> cannot see where a package(s maintainer scripts) would expect a keyboard to be 
> existent.

It's not just the maintainer scripts, it is potentially runtime
processes as well. However, I think you are right. This section was
added as a precaution, it needs to be a piece of documentation rather
than Policy. Debian Policy is quite explicit about what packages need
to do with keyboards but, on re-reading 9.8, it is much more about the
runtime behaviour of terminals rather than relying on a keyboard as an
ever-present method of operation.

Thanks for spotting that one. I've moved that into a note on the wiki.


Neil Williams

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