[Freedombox-discuss] How do we handle package upgrades on the Freedombox?

James Valleroy james.valleroy at gmail.com
Thu May 26 11:47:38 UTC 2016

On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 4:57 AM, Petter Reinholdtsen <pere at hungry.com> wrote:
> [Jonas Smedegaard]
>> Seems to me that you are basically arguing that debconf in its
>> current form only legally works on initial install and interactively
>> by admins - not as automated reconfiguration by other packages.
>> Is that correctly understood?
> Almost.  The current tool set have those features.  I suspect debconf
> with appropriately implemented packages can be used (ie using yet to
> be written tools to "fake" the interactively by admins part) to do
> this.
> Debconf have support for replacing both the frontend/gui and
> backend/database, and I suspect this might be used for automated
> reconfiguration of packages.  But I am not sure, and have never seen
> this done.
> This is the background for my suggestion to prefer .d setup or
> multilevel setup, which I know work. :)

First, sorry for reviving a 2-year old thread. But I finally came
across an answer to the question of using debconf for non-interactive
re-configuration. :)

The approach described here uses DEBCONF_DB_OVERRIDE:

It looks a bit clunky, but it works, and allows the package to remain
policy-compliant by reading configuration values from disk in the
normal case.

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