Bug#256456: [Pkg-firebird-general] Bug#256456: firebird: Debconf abuse

Remco Seesink Remco Seesink <raseesink@hotpop.com>, 256456@bugs.debian.org
Mon, 28 Jun 2004 01:59:22 +0200

On Sun, 27 Jun 2004 09:21:11 +0200
Christian Perrier <bubulle@debian.org> wrote:

> Package: firebird
> Severity: normal
> The two current debconf notes, besides being far too aggressively written (no
> need for yelling and artificially enhance debconf long descriptions),
> improperly using the first person and making direct reference to the
> maintainer's address, may be seen as debconf abuse, in my opinion.
> Such notes pertain to NEWS.Debian, which is exactly meant for such use.

Ok, I can see your point. The capital letters could certainly be fixed.
But if the notice about the security bugs are moved to NEWS.debian the user
could easily miss them. There are cases such as unattended install where they
will miss it anyway, so maybe that is not a valid point to make.

How about not enabling the firebird daemon by default? That would at least not
open security holes by default. Maybe a debconf question if it needs to be
enabled? Would this be good enough to lower the bug's priority to important?
If not we need to have a different solution otherwise the 1.0.x series will
not get into sarge.

> This has been found during the french translation work, which you will
> receive soon, anyway (on this topic also...please take care of translators
> and consider warning them whenever you change debconf templates).

Apologies, I have little experience in the translation process. I didn't know
if this was automated.