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SteamOS and Debian at DebConf
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Debian in the Dark Ages of Free Software
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Building free software communities - Leandro Gómez - DebConf 2012
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Getting packages into Debian BoF - David Bremner - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/27::
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Meet the Release Team - Philipp Kern, Adam D. Barratt - DebConf 2012
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Video summary for presentation DebConf 14
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::2014/08/31::
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Debian and the FSF working together to advance free software
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DebConf: Question and Answer with Linus Torvalds
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::2014/09/13::
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Free Software Economics: patronage and crowdfunding
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::2014/09/28::
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debconf governance
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From Smaky to Colobot, a history of software in Switzerland
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::2013/08/28::
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Reproducible Builds for Debian, a year later
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::2014/09/28::
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Debconf 2011 - Distributed Naming - Daniel Kahn Gillmor
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::2012/04/03::
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Bits from the DPL - Stefano Zacchiroli - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/27::
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DebConf 11
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Linux Capabilities - DebConf 2012
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Weapons of the Geek
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OpenPGP discussion and skillshare - Daniel Kahn Gillmor - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/27::
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2 DebConf 12 Understanding Debian2
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::2014/07/03::
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Meet the Technical Committee - Bdale Garbee - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/24::
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Meet the Technical Committee
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Introduction to Debian translation workflow and processes - Christian Perrier - DebConf 2012
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::2012/12/27::
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Women in Debian 2013
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SPI BOF
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Bits from the Release Team - Neil McGovern - DebConf 2012
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use Perl - Gregor Herrmann - DebConf 2012
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AArch64 planning - Steve McIntyre - DebConf 2012
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DC14 in Portland
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Tails BoF
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Integrating Emdebian into Debian - Neil Williams - DebConf 2012
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Free and open source software [European Internet Governance and Beyond]
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DebConf volunteer recruitment session
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Machine learning threats and opportunities for Debian and Free Software
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Muon - Package Manager for KDE - Kubuntu 11.04
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Debian derivatives discussion
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Lets shrink Debian package archive! (@DebConf12)
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Russian DebConf Game
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Debian Med meeting
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seeing Debian through a Functional lens
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Linus Torvalds: 2014 Computer Pioneer Award
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Jessie (bits from the release team)
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Eduardo Rosales, Coordinador de la Conferencia Debian 2012, 8 de abril de 2011
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Embedded ARM development in Debian
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Mark Shuttleworth talks about Free Software, Open Source, Debian and Canonical
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Putting some salt in your Debian systems
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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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