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Bug#140795: marked as done (dpkg: dselect should have disclaimer)



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Package: dpkg
Version: 1.9.20
Severity: wishlist

Somewhere when dselect starts (maybe on the helpscreen that comes up 
immediately after start when an inexperianced Deb-head tries using it) 
there should be a disclaimer in big, friendly letters that reads "Don't 
Panic."

-- System Information
Debian Release: 3.0
Kernel Version: Linux ursine 2.4.18 #1 Mon Apr 1 01:45:24 PST 2002 i686 unknown

Versions of the packages dpkg depends on:
ii  libc6          2.2.5-4        GNU C Library: Shared libraries and Timezone
ii  libncurses5    5.2.20020112a- Shared libraries for terminal handling
ii  libstdc++2.10- 2.95.4-5       The GNU stdc++ library

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On Mon, 1 Apr 2002, Paul Johnson wrote:

> Somewhere when dselect starts (maybe on the helpscreen that comes up
> immediately after start when an inexperianced Deb-head tries using it)
> there should be a disclaimer in big, friendly letters that reads "Don't
> Panic."

Several things.

I forsee in the future that dselect will allow that help screen to be
configurable.  Ie, you can decide whether or not it always shows on startup.

Next, dselect is a text based app.  There is no way to distinguish big,
friendly letters.  All letters are equal.

Lastly, I want people to panic when they see dselect.  It'll keep them from
using it, and filling pointless bugs like this one.


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