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Bug#594135: release-notes: please tell people to upgrade "locales" before dist-upgrade

On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 23:54:40 +0200, Adam Borowski wrote:

> Package: release-notes
> Severity: normal
> If you straight-on run an upgrade that includes "locales", they will be
> unpacked/deconfigured early on and then won't get reconfigured until near
> the end of the upgrade.  This currently causes all locale and charset
> support to be inoperative.
> This results in few actual problems (postgresql won't start, squirrelmail
> will mangle encodings in mails unless restarted, possibly others), but it
> produces MASSIVE amounts of spam that hide important messages during the
> upgrade, the explanation of how to proceed with udev being the most
> important one.  For example, on a serial console (80x25, no scrollback), you
> get only two last lines of the udev message.
> Not to mention that all debconf translations you painstakingly added all go
> to hell.
The spam problem should be reduced now that perl and man-db stop
complaining about missing locales if run from dpkg.  I guess the missing
translations issue remains, though I'm hesitant to add one more step to
the upgrade process...


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