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Building free software communities - Leandro Gómez - DebConf 2012
Building free software communities - Leandro Gómez - DebConf 2012
::2012/12/25::
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Getting packages into Debian BoF - David Bremner - DebConf 2012
Getting packages into Debian BoF - David Bremner - DebConf 2012
::2012/12/27::
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debconf governance
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::2013/08/28::
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Meet the Technical Committee - Bdale Garbee - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/24::
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Debconf 4
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::2013/02/07::
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From Smaky to Colobot, a history of software in Switzerland
From Smaky to Colobot, a history of software in Switzerland
::2013/08/29::
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EFI in Debian - DebConf 2012
EFI in Debian - DebConf 2012
::2012/12/27::
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Linux Capabilities - DebConf 2012
Linux Capabilities - DebConf 2012
::2012/12/27::
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Debconf 2011 - Distributed Naming - Daniel Kahn Gillmor
Debconf 2011 - Distributed Naming - Daniel Kahn Gillmor
::2012/04/03::
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Debian-CD - Steve McIntyre - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/25::
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use Perl - Gregor Herrmann - DebConf 2012
use Perl - Gregor Herrmann - DebConf 2012
::2012/12/25::
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Debconf Travel sponsoring BoF - DebConf 2012
Debconf Travel sponsoring BoF - DebConf 2012
::2012/12/27::
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Women in Debian 2013
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::2013/08/28::
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Multiarch packaging workshop - Steve Langasek - DebConf 2012
Multiarch packaging workshop - Steve Langasek - DebConf 2012
::2012/12/27::
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DebConf 11
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::2011/08/05::
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Meet the Release Team - Philipp Kern, Adam D. Barratt - DebConf 2012
Meet the Release Team - Philipp Kern, Adam D. Barratt - DebConf 2012
::2012/12/24::
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Integrating Emdebian into Debian - Neil Williams - DebConf 2012
Integrating Emdebian into Debian - Neil Williams - DebConf 2012
::2012/12/24::
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Video training - Debconf 2012
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::2012/12/27::
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Bits from the Release Team - Neil McGovern - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/24::
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Welcome talk - DebConf12 introductory session - DebConf 2012
Welcome talk - DebConf12 introductory session - DebConf 2012
::2012/12/27::
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ARM port(s) update - Steve McIntyre - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/25::
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AArch64 planning - Steve McIntyre - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/27::
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BoF: Is there life after the barf? - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/27::
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Introduction to Debian translation workflow and processes - Christian Perrier - DebConf 2012
Introduction to Debian translation workflow and processes - Christian Perrier - DebConf 2012
::2012/12/27::
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OpenPGP discussion and skillshare - Daniel Kahn Gillmor - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/27::
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Machine learning threats and opportunities for Debian and Free Software
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::2013/01/24::
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DebConf organisation BoF
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Bits from the DPL - Stefano Zacchiroli - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/27::
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Crossbuilding/bootstrapping BOF - Wookey - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/27::
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Build Debian with another compiler - Sylvestre Ledru - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/27::
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Debian derivatives BoF - Paul Wise - DebConf 2012
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Multiarch crossbuilding - Wookey - DebConf 2012
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Hijacking packages for fun and profit
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vagrant - pre-seed the mysql passwords with debconf-set-selection for no prompt install
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Lets shrink Debian package archive! (@DebConf12)
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Debian Med meeting
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Tuxbrain Maddog Debconf FreeRunner offer VOS Spanish
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An update on Debian with Clang
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Lets shrink Debian package archive
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Russian DebConf Game
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Debconf 6 Assassination
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Bits from the DPL
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Eduardo Rosales, Coordinador de la Conferencia Debian 2012, 8 de abril de 2011
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News from EDOS finding outdated packages
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SPI BOF
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Understanding_Debian
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How We Can Be the Silver Lining of the Cloud
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DC14 in Portland
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Welcome talk
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Anatomy Of A Debian Package
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debconf
Original author(s) Joey Hess
Developer(s) Joey Hess, Colin Watson
Stable release 1.5.49 / December 26, 2012 (2012-12-26)
Written in Perl
License BSD-2-clause

debconf is a software utility for performing system-wide configuration tasks on Unix-like operating systems. It is developed for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, and is closely integrated with Debian's package management system, dpkg.

When packages are being installed, debconf asks the user questions which determine the contents of the system-wide configuration files associated with that package. After package installation, it is possible to go back and change the configuration of a package by using the dpkg-reconfigure program, or another program such as Synaptic.

The design of debconf allows for front-ends for answering configuration questions to be added in a modular way, and there exist several, such as one for dialog, one for readline, one that uses a text editor, one for KDE, one for GNOME,[1] a Python front-end API, etc.

The original implementation of debconf is in Perl. During the development of Debian-Installer, a new implementation in C was developed, which is named cdebconf. The new implementation is currently only used in the installer, but is intended to eventually replace the original entirely. Both implementations make use of the same protocol for communication between the debconf front-end and the client code ("confmodule"); this is a simple line-based protocol similar to common Internet protocols.

Debconf does not physically configure any packages, but asks the user certain configuration questions stored in the .templates file, under the direction of the package's maintainer scripts (.config, .postinst, etc.). Typically, the .config script uses debconf to ask questions, while .postinst applies configuration changes to the unpacked package in reaction to the answers; however, this can vary due to technical requirements. The user's answers to the configuration questions asked by debconf are cached in debconf's database.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The GNOME Journal: Simplified Package Management in Ubuntu Hoary

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