[Debconf-devel] Bug#563572: dpkg-reconfigure: exposes error message from dpkg --status

Jonathan Nieder jrnieder at gmail.com
Sun Jan 3 20:50:07 UTC 2010

Package: debconf
Version: 1.5.28
Severity: minor

When using dpkg-reconfigure to reconfigure a nonexistent package,
it passes on the error message from dpkg --status:

| # dpkg-reconfigure x11-skb-utils
| Package `x11-skb-utils' is not installed and no info is available.
| Use dpkg --info (= dpkg-deb --info) to examine archive files,
| and dpkg --contents (= dpkg-deb --contents) to list their contents.
| /usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: x11-skb-utils is not installed

The suggested commands are not likely to help, so a better error
message would be simply

dpkg-reconfigure: x11-skb-utils is not installed

though I would also be happy if it suggested a spell-checked version
like 'git format-pach' does.


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