debconf and dpkg-reconfigure behavior
I have just encountered a problem that I have never seen during the
installation of many, many Debian machines. I am mysitified and perhaps
someone has a suggestion (probably some thing stupid, of course).
I have been asked to help out with a newly installed machine (Woody) and
when I added packages, I noticed that there were no debconf screens or
questions for any packages.
# dpkg-recnfigure debconf
Just returns to the prompt with no other output. From the debconf manual,
this should at least ask me the quetions using the Dialog method.
I have tried installing all the packages that exist on a working
installation and this has no effect. I have tried manually editing the
/var/cache/debconf/config.dat file to set options the way I want them for
debconf but when I rerun the command above, debconf wipes out all the text
I had placed in the file for debconf. The entries now look like:
This is quite mystifying and I really do not know how to get out of this
funny state. I have tried to uninstall debconf (using --force-depends)
and then reinstalling it to no avail.
Carlo U. Segre -- Professor of Physics
Associate Dean for Research, Armour College
Illinois Institute of Technology
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