Bug#377618: [Logcheck-devel] Bug#377618: logcheck: Please do not abuse debconf

maximilian attems maks at sternwelten.at
Thu Jul 20 11:38:28 UTC 2006

tags 377618 -patch
tags 377618 wontfix
severity 377618 wishlist
stop and no thanks

On Thu, Jul 20, 2006 at 01:13:45PM +0200, Thomas Huriaux wrote:
> No, the argument of the priority is not valid. The lowest the priority
> is, the more experienced the user is expected to be. An experienced user
> usually knows where to find the relevant doc, and expects to find it at
> the right place.
> Moreover, as I said in my previous mail, you should use debconf to
> _configure_ the package, not to tell the user he/she can configure it.
> I therefore attach a patch to configure with debconf the two related
> items. Please check it carefully as I made it quickly.

big NACK,
this is a real policy violation,
one is not allowed to change configfiles with debconf.
you would need to put it into /etc/defaults/logcheck.

and as you currently failed to convince me politely,
downgrading this "bug".

this debconf messages were added way before the logcheck team formed
and we cleaned them up already a lot. the second note will soon
be phase out.
> See also policy 3.9.1:
>   Packages should try to minimize the amount of prompting they need to do
> You seem to use debconf only because it is "more effective"

please notice the subtle _should_

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