[ubuntu-mono] [Bug 66689] Re: dhcp3-server misuses debconf

Valentijn Sessink valentijn at sessink.nl
Fri Apr 13 17:32:58 BST 2007

Martin Pitt schreef:
> I'm afraid I fail to  see the problem here. I am perfectly able to
> change /etc/default/dhcp3-server with 'sudo dpkg-reconfigure
> dhcp3-server'. The .config script looks sane as well, it reads the
> current setting from /etc/default/dhcp3-server

Why should it?

> then asks the user about
> changing it, then writes it back in the postinst.
> Maybe the misunderstanding here is that the reporter expects debconf
> settings to dominate configuration files. This is wrong, configuration
> files are holy and they must never be changed noninteractively by
> package scripts.

That's not true. Try for example:
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Or even better, try:

echo 'postfix postfix/root_address    string  snork' |
dpkg-reconfigure -fnoninteractive postfix

You'll see the postfix config file getting changed (and mind you, root
mail is redirected to a probably non-existing user named "snork", so
don't try this at home)

That's the behaviour I expect from dhcp3-server as well, instead of
ignoring debconf-settings alltogether and making up its own mind.

> Can you please confirm that I understood this report
> correctly? If not, please elaborate about the problem.

Well, I think you did understand what I mean, but your answer doesn't
convince me yet, as there are two major packages that behave differently.


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