[Debconf-devel] Bug#518648: Inconsistent conffile conflicts handling

Dmitry Semyonov linulin at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 23:03:58 UTC 2012

"dpkg-reconfigure debconf" is the answer. (Select readline frontend.)
I would like to see this information on every poorly designed dialog
produced by debconf, with ability to switch to readline frontend in

  I was also unpleasantly surprised in the past by ncurses dialogs
that started to appear in more and more packages, breaking consistent
experience of conffile conflicts resolution. The worst thing is that
you cannot even always resort to pure shell from those dialogs due to
some weird xterm-related errors hidden by re-appearing dialog. I.e.
you cannot move forward in complex cases when you really need to
merge, and there is no graceful abort option. The problem is sometimes
(often?) exaggerated by illogical impossible-to-guess names and
locations of new conffiles, (provided by ucf?). Absolute usability


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