[Pkg-nagios-devel] adminpassword and debconf

sean finney seanius at seanius.net
Tue Jan 24 17:37:59 UTC 2006

okay, finally getting around to these...

On Fri, Jan 20, 2006 at 05:29:09PM +0100, Marc Haber wrote:
> dpkg-reconfigure does ask for a new admin password, but does not
> actually set it if htpasswd.users does already exist.

that was by design... i was trying to avoid the Debian Is Not A Registry
syndrome.  granted, this isn't ideal either, and in fact it might
be confusing to the admin if they are given the option to reset the
password during dpkg-reconfigure but we don't bother to actually reset
it.  and i think that's the current behavior... ew.

what do you think about doing something like this in the config script?

if [ ! -f $htpasswdfile ]; then
	echo "htpasswdfile already exists, do $foo to update it"

and continuing with what we're already doing in postinst?

> the debconf stuff asks for the user name, but doesn't use it at all
> (at least not in config or postinst).

ack... that was an omission/incomplete-thought on my part.

> The admin user name is set in cgi.conf at varous places. We'd need to
> remove the entire file from dpkg-conffile handling or to do complex
> include handling to allow the user name to be settable in debconf.
> I'd say that it's not worth the hassle and would vouch for removing
> the debconf question for the admin name and use nagiosadmin or
> nagiosadm everywhere.

agreed, that makes sense.  was kind of overkill anyway.  

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