[packagekit] PackageKit & Debian, Was: External dependencies, DeviceKit-power and GNOME Power Manager

Richard Hughes hughsient at gmail.com
Thu Nov 27 01:04:51 PST 2008

On Thu, 2008-11-27 at 09:47 +0100, Duncan Mac-Vicar Prett wrote:
> Can Debian get the package installed but defer the debconf call to
> later? In that case t could be adapted so debconf output is shown as
> message, and introduce the concept of "configuring" a package, which
> could be implemented in the backend. In the case of rpm backends, it
> would be "configured" for all packages, and in debian, packages could
> keep the state "need to configure" after installed, and PK can offer
> an interface to configure it (just like we do with distupgrade and
> other stuff).

That's a very good idea. A transaction can emit a signal, which we then
catch in the frontend and do something like

dpkg-reconfigure package_name

That way the package gets setup, and the transaction doesn't block.


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