[Debconf-devel] Bug#761034: debconf-set-selections is ignored

Harald Dunkel harald.dunkel at aixigo.de
Wed Sep 10 07:22:13 UTC 2014

Package: debconf
Version: 1.5.49

Looking at the output of debconf-get-selections and the
preset values shown by dpkg-reconfigure it seems to me
that sometimes they do not match. Example: If I change
the database for mdadm using

echo -e "mdadm\tmdadm/mail_to\tstring\tmonitoring at example.com" | debconf-set-selections
debconf-get-selections | grep ^mdadm

then I can see the new value in the output of debconf-\
get-selections, but dpkg-reconfigure still uses the old

Seems that there are 2 databases. This is confusing and
unexpected. How can I change the real one for a non-
interactive reconfiguration?

This problem is not restricted to mdadm. exim4-config
doesn't play nice, either. I am sure there are more.


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