[Debconf-devel] Bug#539140: debconf: Add explicit (Y/n) question to kernel remove safeguard

Christian Perrier bubulle at debian.org
Wed Jul 29 15:50:56 BST 2009

reassign 539140 linux-2.6

Quoting Jari Aalto (jari.aalto at cante.net):

>     Configuring linux-image-2.6.26-1-686
>     ------------------------------------
>     You are running a kernel (version 2.6.26-1-686) and attempting to remove the same version.
>     This can make the system unbootable as it will remove
>     /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.26-1-686 and all modules under the directory
>     /lib/modules/2.6.26-1-686.  This can only be fixed with a copy of
>     the kernel image and the corresponding modules.
>     It is highly recommended to abort the kernel removal unless you
>     are prepared to fix the system after removal.
>     Abort kernel removal?  
> Please spell out the last question explicitly:
>     Abort kernel removal (Y/n)?
> Reads:
>     Y = the default if return pressed.
> Accept all key caps for an answer: Y, y

That has nothing to do with debconf as debconf templates use to prompt
users are provided by the packages themselves.

I guess that reassigning to the kernel source package  is the way to

Still, I very strongly advise *against* the suggested change.

Making reference to the user interface elements (such as a Y/N choice,
that can be translated....or presented in a different way, such as a
checkbox), is highly discouraged.

Maybe the question could still be worded in a different way: instead
of asking if one wants to abort the removal (which is kind of a double
negation), why not ask something like "Remove the currently running
kernel?" with of course "N" as the default.

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