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Re: Bug#206684: debian-policy: Proposal for going ahead with mandatory debconf use for prompting

On Fri, Aug 22, 2003 at 07:17:57PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 22, 2003 at 07:46:56AM +0200, Christian Perrier wrote:
> > This proposal is what I think to be the next step : make this a "must"
> This won't be happening for sarge. If you want it to happen, please focus
> your efforts on finding packages that don't do it, and supplying patches
> to add the features instead.

In fairness, he did say that:

> > Of course, this *has* to wait after sarge release. It wouldn't be
> > realistic to include this in the Debian Policy version which will be
> > used for sarge.

I'd like to add one thing to the proposal: there needs to be an
exemption somehow for packages with high priority, e.g. Essential
packages and those in the dependency chain of debconf itself. Such
packages must be allowed to use debconf only if available, and otherwise
fall back to other means of prompting the user.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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