Re: Policy documentation on debconf
On Tue, 27 Dec 2005 17:41:00 +0100, Frank Küster <email@example.com> said:
> And I thought I could rely upon dpkg from the next upload to call
> the configure script with the same arguments as it did before, just
> as I can rely on the same for preinst, postinst etc.
Not more than what policy already guarantees. All you really
need to do in config scripts is follow the protocol defined; how you
do it is up to you.
> We're not talking about the debconf interface at all here, AFAIS.
> We're talking about the interface that dpkg provides to packages for
> there debconf questions, i.e. the way the configure script is
> called, and when.
And you think this is not adequately covered in policy?
| Packages which use the Debian Configuration management specification
| may contain an additional `config' script and a `templates' file in
| their control archive. The `config' script might be run before the
| `preinst' script, and before the package is unpacked or any of its
| dependencies or pre-dependencies are satisfied. Therefore it must
| work using only the tools present in _essential_ packages.
> Do you think it would be an obstacle for development if that were
> documented in the Policy, just as the same is documented for the
> "classical" maintainer scripts? Why isn't it an obstacle for those
> other scripts?
Cause dpkg, is like, way older than debconf? and the config
interface is fairly simple, and is, I think, adequately described in
policy. policy is not debconf documentation.
> Do you imply we should not rely on the time point when dpkg calls
> the configure script, or on the arguments it passes to it? Why?
I think you really need to go read policy again.
You have a truly strong individuality.
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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