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Bug#153689: dpkg-reconfigure should do sanity check on frontend parameter

Package: dpkg
Version: 1.9.21
Severity: wishlist

Ok, so I'm stupid. I >didn't< read the f* manual and did this:

spleen:~# dpkg-reconfigure -fdebconf ntp-simple
debconf: unable to initialize frontend: Debconf
debconf: (Can't locate Debconf/FrontEnd/Debconf.pm in @INC (@INC contains: /usr/local/lib/perl/5.6.1 /usr/local/share/perl/5.6.1 /usr/lib/perl5 /usr/share/perl5 /usr/lib/perl/5.6.1 /usr/share/perl/5.6.1 /usr/local/lib/site_perl .) at (eval 12) line 2.)
debconf: falling back to frontend: Noninteractive
Starting NTP server: ntpd.

I then proceeded to 'debug' this problem and tried to find out why Debconf.pm wasn't being found. Yes, I am brain dead, but an error message like

debconf: frontend 'debconf' unavailable.
debconf: falling back to frontend: Noninteractive

would have been much more helpful and would have saved me a half an hour. ;^)


Josh Buhl

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