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Re: How to get xfree86 v4 working after dist-upgrade?



On Fri, May 10, 2002 at 09:04:21AM -0700, Eric Richardson wrote:
> On the xfree86-4 install, if you install from scratch, not an update, 
> then you get the new code. Upgrades don't work that way and leave 
> version 3 alone but by the documentation makes it sound like you should 
> get the new one unless you don't want it. From Debian Release Notes.
> 
> "This release of Debian GNU/Linux contains the much improved XFree86 4.1 
> release, which includes support for a greater range of hardware, better 
> autodetection support, and improved support for advanced technologies 
> such as Xinerama and 3D acceleration. XFree86 3.3.6 is available as an 
> option, to support older hardware that is not supported by XFree86 4.1.
> "

Yes, this seems like a bug in the release notes. Cc'ed debian-doc for
comments.

> Slightly offtopic but I was wondering about this package configuration 
> philosophy in general.
> 
> You have the general command for Debian as follows:
> 
> dkpg-reconfigure <package>

That only affects packages that use debconf - don't expect it to be able
to reconfigure every package. Use of debconf is by no means general or
mandated, although it's getting more popular among developers.

> But it also seems that many of the configuation commands that I assume 
> are powered by debconf can be called standalone like the following:
> 
> apt-config
> gdmconfig
> kdbconfig
> ...
> 
> Are these only the ones called from the initial install or is there a 
> naming convention <pkgname>config that is followed by all packages 
> needing interactive configuration?

fooconfig programs are typically for packages that require complex
configuration, and for the most part I'd say they predate the use of
debconf.

> Also, slightly off subject, is it possible to supply a file with answers 
> to the configuration to do a completely automated headless install?

Have a look at the fai ("Fully Automatic Installation") package.

Cheers,

-- 
Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]


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