Bug#539781: grub: Please consider using NEWS.Debian instead of debconf note

Robert Millan rmh at aybabtu.com
Tue Aug 4 19:47:32 UTC 2009

On Tue, Aug 04, 2009 at 08:03:13AM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> No, obviously grub should not depend on apt-listchanges.  I'd like to
> question, though, why you consider this note important enough to force
> on the user, whereas numerous other notes of similar content (including
> deprecation warnings) from other packages simply use NEWS.Debian.
> Meanwhile, a quick survey of the packages on my system shows debconf
> notes used for much more urgent matters, typically caused by a failure
> in the maintainer scripts.  I see few if any unconditional notes like
> the one in grub.

The debconf priority of this note is "high", not "critical".  It is very
important that this note is seen by most users, because it allows for the
group that will initially switch to GRUB 2 to be self-selected.

> I figured the dependency would change before squeeze.  If the note goes
> away with that change, and thus doesn't bother users running stable and
> doing a stable->stable upgrade, then I guess I can live with it.

That's the plan.  The other templates would still be displayed though
(but they're not notes).

Robert Millan

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