[Debconf-devel] Bug#451130: Bug#451130: debconf: Please split out a debconf-shell package to support cdebconf usage [cross-built]

Neil Williams codehelp at debian.org
Tue Nov 13 20:32:35 UTC 2007

On Tue, 13 Nov 2007 13:13:05 -0500
Joey Hess <joeyh at debian.org> wrote:

> Neil Williams wrote:
> > 1. cdebconf wants /usr/share/debconf/confmodule
> cdebconf contains its own version of this in its source. It's not
> identical to debconf's, since cdebconf supports several extended commands
> not implemented in debconf.

I wondered about that - it was moved into usr/share/cdebconf/ some time
ago so I guess Emdebian can patch cdebconf to put it back into

> > 2. cdebconf does not initialise the debconf template database.
> Yes, that is apparently a cdebconf bug, I documented it a while ago in
> #328498, though perhaps it should have its own bug report.

maybe retitle this one...

I certainly wasn't able to install a cdebconf-based system without the
postinst workaround from 'debconf-shell'.

I don't mind if there is no split - just as long as cdebconf is usable
on a system that has never run (nor can ever run) debconf itself.

> I don't see splitting a package out of debconf to deal with these issues
> as a very good way forward. #328498 tracks the transition to cdebconf,
> and we're really quite close, only a few inompatabilities and bugs need
> to be fixed before a version of cdebconf could be uploaded that
> conflicts with debconf and works without DEBCONF_USE_CDEBCONF being set.

So does that remap /usr/share/debconf/confmodule
to /usr/share/cdebconf/confmodule or use a symlink ?


Neil Williams

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