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debconf (1.5.66) unstable; urgency=medium

   [ Programs translations ]
   * French (Baptiste Jammet; closes: #887754).
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Move VCS to
   * Mark debconf-doc Multi-Arch: foreign.
   * Port the Gnome frontend to GTK+ 3 (closes: #883442, LP: #1736618).


debconf (1.5.65) unstable; urgency=medium

   * Declare Breaks on update-notifier-common (<< 3.187~) for the move of to separate binary packages (thanks, Steve Langasek; closes:

debconf (1.5.64) unstable; urgency=medium

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Split out to new python-debconf and python3-debconf binary
     packages (closes: #709198).
   * Allow the Debconf class to be used as a context manager
     (closes: #877096).
   * Simplify creation of documentation directory symlinks using
     "dh_installdocs --link-doc".
   [ Programs translations ]
   * German (Helge Kreutzmann).
   [ Debconf translations ]
   * Albanian (Eva Vranici).

debconf (1.5.63) unstable; urgency=medium

   * "Change directory to / before executing maintainer scripts" from 1.5.62
     was too intrusive due to changing Debconf::ConfModule, and broke some
     existing maintainer scripts that e.g. ran ucf with relative paths.
     Instead, just chdir to / before running maintainer scripts in
     dpkg-reconfigure and chdir back afterwards (closes: #608648).
   * In the Gnome frontend, hide the cancel button, and prompt for
     confirmation when the close button is pressed (closes: #501767).
     Original idea by Michael Vogt with an amendment by Joey Hess; some code
     by Martin Pitt.

debconf (1.5.62) unstable; urgency=medium

   * Upgrade to debhelper v9 and dh-exec.
   * Make debconf provide python-debconf and python3-debconf, in preparation
     for splitting those out to separate binary packages (see #709198).
   * dpkg-preconfigure: Don't write "Extracting templates from packages:"
     progress output if stderr is not a terminal (closes: #701818).
   * Change directory to / before executing maintainer scripts (closes:
   * Install to $Config{vendorlib} rather than hardcoding /usr/share/perl5.
   * Upgrade to copyright-format 1.0.
   * Policy version 4.0.0.

debconf (1.5.61) unstable; urgency=medium

   [ Niko Tyni ]
   * Use File::Temp instead of the deprecated POSIX::tmpnam() in
     Debconf::TmpFile (closes: #863071).

debconf (1.5.60) unstable; urgency=medium

   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * French manpages translation. Thanks to Baptiste Jammet.
     Closes: #849394


debconf (1.5.59) unstable; urgency=medium

   * Use HTTPS for Vcs-* URLs, and link to cgit rather than gitweb.
   * Set source format to 3.0 (native).
   * frontend: Load templates when we're being run from any maintainer
     script, not just preinst/postinst (closes: #817083).


debconf (1.5.58) unstable; urgency=medium

   * Don't update po/debconf.pot unless doing so changes something other than
     the POT-Creation-Date header.  The basic approach here is from gettext,
     though implemented a bit more simply since we can assume perl.
   * Show choices for teletype/readline boolean questions (closes: #802840).
   * Move bash completion file to /usr/share/bash-completion/completions/.

debconf (1.5.57) unstable; urgency=medium

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Drop alternative Suggests on gnome-utils (closes: #792219).  It hasn't
     existed since squeeze, it dropped gdialog in 2003, and debconf only
     supported gdialog for about three weeks in 1999 anyway.
   * Escape braces in regexes to avoid deprecation warning with Perl 5.22
     (closes: #786705).
   * When creating a new template and finding that it already exists in the
     database, ensure that a question of the same name exists too (closes:
     #518322, #779920).
   [ Jérémy Bobbio ]
   * Use UTC when running xgettext for build reproducibility. Closes: #783255
   [ Debconf translations ]
   * Brazilian Portuguese (Adriano Rafael Gomes). Closes: #785464

debconf (1.5.56) unstable; urgency=medium

   [ Helmut Grohne ]
   * Tighten dependency on debconf for packages sharing their /usr/share/doc
     to comply with Debian policy 12.3 (closes: #779420).
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Make Debconf::DbDriver::File stop trying to mkdir the empty string if
     configured with a path that does not contain a slash (closes: #682959).


debconf (1.5.55) unstable; urgency=low

   * Team upload
   [ Programs translations ]
   * Dutch updated. Closes: #771731
   * Spanish updated. Closes: #771847
   * Indonesian updated
   * Catalan updated
   * Japanese updated. Closes: #771886
   * Basque updated. Closes: #771899
   * Romanian updated. Closes: #772065
   * Bulgarian updated. Closes: #772077
   * Polish updated
   * Swedish updated
   * Esperanto updated
   * Portuguese updated. Closes: #772582
   * Turkish updated. Closes: #772813
   * Brazilian Portuguese updated. Closes: #773076
   * Thai updated. Closes: #772967

debconf (1.5.54) unstable; urgency=medium

   * Team upload
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Update Vcs-* to current canonical URLs.
   [ Manpages translations ]
   * Portuguese updated. Closes: #756178
   [ Programs translations ]
   * Czech updated. Closes: #764054
   * Russian updated. Closes: #765914
   * Slovenian updated. Closes: #766199
   * Fix typo in Hungarian translation. Closes: #770803

debconf (1.5.53) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Apollon Oikonomopoulos ]
   * Teletype: page only if screen has more than two rows
     Closes: #745504
   [ Programs translations ]
   * German.
   * French (Christian Perrier).
   * Danish (Joe Hansen). Closes: #732167


debconf (1.5.52) unstable; urgency=low

   [Joey Hess]
   * Remove dpkg-reconfigure -a, which existed only to accumulate bug
     reports about bugs in other packages.
     Closes: #721329, #664825, #558262, #617618, #707987
   * Fix bad uses of length @array. Closes: #723841
   [ Programs translations ]
   * Russian (Yuri Kozlov). Closes: #718188
   [ Manpages translations ]
   * French updated. Closes: #697458
   * German updated.

debconf (1.5.51) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix warning when /var/cache/debconf is missing.
     Closes: #709928
   * debconf-set-selections: Do not change the default template
     value when overriding the value of existing questions. Closes: #711693

debconf (1.5.50) unstable; urgency=low

   * KDE frontend: Work around multiple bugs in the perl code generated
     by puic4. The frontend works again. Closes: #702210
   * doc/Makefile: Avoid adding duplicated =encoding to pod files.
     Closes: #704866
   * Avoid find -perm +mode breakage caused by findutils 4.5.11,
     by instead using -perm /mode. Thanks, Oron Peled


debconf (1.5.49) unstable; urgency=low

   * frontend: Don't set title in the maintainer script case when the
     action is “triggered”. This totally confuses the Debian Installer
     (“Configuring man-db” instead of “Configuring grub-pc”, notably).
     Closes: #679327

debconf (1.5.48) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-reconfigure: Fix incorrect scoping of control_path that broke
     handling of multiple packages (closes: #690755, LP: #1076322).

debconf (1.5.47) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Manpages translations ]
   * German updated.
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * GTK frontend: Do additional probing in child process to catch cases
     where trying to use GTK will cause an otherwise uncatchable crash.
     Closes: #690776 Thanks, James Hunt
   * debconf-devel.7: Mention that CAPB capabilities are separated with spaces.
     Closes: #694626
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * dpkg-reconfigure: Fix trigger processing to cope properly if some of the
     triggered packages use debconf (closes: #686071).

debconf (1.5.46) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Manpages translations ]
   * Put the Danish translation of manpages from #664901 in the right
     place (and also convert its encoding that was broken by a BTS bug)
   * Activate Danish translation of manpages by adding the needed addenda
     Closes: #664901
   [ Programs translations ]
   * Danish (Joe Dalton). Closes: #683191
   * Fix typo in the french translation of debconf-show(1)
     LP: #1025045
   * Polish (Marcin Owsiany). Closes: #683207
   * Japanese (Kenshi Muto). Closes: #683223
   * Bengali PO file header fixed
   * Esperanto updated (Felipe Castro).
   * Indonesian updated (Andika Triwidada).
   * Simplified Chinese updated (Xingyou Chen).
   * Bulgarian updated (Damyan Ivanov). Closes: #683245
   * Russian (Yuri Kozlov). Closes: #683306
   * Slovak (Ivan Masár). Closes: #683341
   * French (Steve Petruzzello).
   * Basque (Iñaki Larrañaga Murgoitio). Closes: #683527
   * Czech (Miroslav Kure). Closes: #683548
   * Thai (Theppitak Karoonboonyanan). Closes: #683585
   * Portuguese (Miguel Figueiredo). Closes: #683615
   * Finnish (Tommi Vainikainen). Closes: #683967
   * Catalan (Jordi Mallach).
   * Vietnamese (Nguyễn Vũ Hưng).
   * Arabic (Ossama Khayat).
   * Hebrew (Lior Kaplan).
   [ David Prévot ]
   * Make sure to keep the previous strings while updating PO files.

debconf (1.5.45) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Programs translations ]
   * German updated.
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * dpkg-reconfigure: Fix dpkg-query parsing when detecting which triggers
     are pending (LP: #1018884).

debconf (1.5.44) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Debconf translations ]
   * Vietnamese (Hai Lang)
   * Latvian (Rūdolfs Mazurs).  Closes: #674707
   * Lithuanian (Rimas Kudelis).  Closes: #675699
   * Welsh (Daffyd Tomos).
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * File DbDriver: Get actual filename, following symlinks.
     This makes it possible to switch back and forth between
     debconf and cdebconf. Thanks, Regis Boudin

debconf (1.5.43) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Programs translations ]
   * Danish updated. Closes: #664901
   [ Debconf translations ]
   * Uyghur (Sahran). Closes: #627013
   * Serbian Latin (Janos Guljas). Closes: #600143
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Make Python 3-compatible directly, which only requires
     dropping pre-2.6 support (2.6 was in squeeze), and drop the separate implementation.  The previous Python 3 implementation
     expected read and write to be binary files, while this expects them to
     be text files.  Technically this is an interface break, but since
     'import debconf; debconf.Debconf()' was failing (since sys.stdin and
     sys.stdout are text files), I claim that nobody was using this until now

debconf (1.5.42) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Joey Hess ]
   * File DbDriver now creates the directory for the file if it is missing.
     (All other DbDrivers that write files already did this.) Closes: #636621
   [ Emmet Hikory ]
   * Display error messages in noninteractive frontend (Closes: #367497)
   [ Debconf translations ]
   * Polish (Michał Kułach).  Closes: #657264
   [ Manpages translations ]
   * German updated.
   * Portugese updated (Américo Monteiro).
   * Spanish updated. Closes: #636241
   * Sinhala; (Danishka Navin).  Closes: #641106
   * Russian updated. Closes: #656110
   [ Programs translations ]
   * Norwegian Bokmål updated. Closes: #654798
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Add a belt-and-suspenders test that Text::CharWidth::mblen is not
     returning bogus values, before using Text::WrapI18n. See #641957
   * Avoid an uninitialized value warning when a blank line is received
     from the client. Closes: #651642
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Remove all hardcoded executable paths, using a new Debconf::Path module.
   [ Raphaël Hertzog ]
   * Set environment variables expected by maintainer scripts. Closes:
   * Do not hardcode the path of maintainer scripts, in order to support the
     multiarch layout.
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Process any newly pending triggers after running maintainer scripts.


debconf (1.5.41) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Make sure __pycache__ is removed on clean (from local python3 tests).
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Fix IFS sanitization. Really fixes #381619.
   * dpkg-reconfigure, dpkg-preconfigure: Call cdebconf versions if
     the DEBCONF_USE_CDEBCONF variable is set. (Regis Boudin)

debconf (1.5.40) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Updated Russian man page translation. Closes: #625935
   * Updated Galician translation of program po file. Closes: #626475
   * Add back documenation for the kde frontend.
   [ Martin Pitt ]
   * Debconf/FrontEnd/ Port from Gnome2::Druid to Gtk2::Assistant.
     Original patch by Jani Monoses, thanks! (Closes: #542175, LP: #415038)
   * Debconf/Element/Gnome/ Drop unused Gnome2 import.
   * debian/control: Change libgnome2-perl suggestion to libgtk2-perl
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Fix Gnome frontend to honour backup capability again, and make backup
     page handling work properly.
   * Version libgtk2-perl Suggests to match the upstream version where
     Gtk2::Assistant was introduced.
   * Convert from deprecated Gtk2::Combo to Gtk2::ComboBox.
   * Make sure you can't press Forward on a progress bar in the Gnome
   * Drop popen2 compatibility code.  subprocess has been
     available since Python 2.4, which is old enough that it was dropped from
   * Build for all currently supported Python 2 versions (closes: #584844,
   * Convert to dh_python2 (closes: #603965, #616786).
   * Add Python 3 support.
   * Perl gets a bit confused by Debconf::Config and Debconf::Priority using
     each other, and objects to bareword use of priority_list in
     Debconf::Config if you do 'use strict; use Debconf::Priority' before
     Debconf::Config is loaded.  Work around this.  Thanks to James Hunt for
     pointing this out.

debconf (1.5.39) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Moved to a git repository. Updated control file fields.
   * Removed debconf-english dummy package, and dropped debconf-i18n to a
     Recommends. Debootstrap will still install debconf-i18n as it is
     priority Required.
   * debconf-set-selections: Fix comment handling to match description.
     In particular, continued lines that start with a "#" are not comments.
     And, comments only occur at the start of a line (possibly with some
     whitespace before). Closes: #589519
   * Updated Danish translation of program po file. Closes: #624645
   [ Steve Langasek ]
   * Mark debconf Multi-Arch: foreign to indicate that it satisfies the
     dependencies of packages from other than the native arch.  Closes:

debconf (1.5.38) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Correctly handle disabling the backup capability in a confmodule after
     it was previously enabled.
   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Fix encoding in Spanish translation. Closes: #607688
   * Fix encoding in Hebrew debconf translation.
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Update copyright file to use DEP5 syntax, and expand with some
     historical data.


debconf (1.5.37) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Manpages translation ]
   * Spanish added (huge thanks to Omar Campagne). Closes: #599401
   * French completed (Christian Perrier).
   [ Debconf translations ]
   * Icelandic (Sveinn í Felli).
   * Serbian (Janos Guljas).  Closes: #600142
   * Catalan (Jordi Mallach).  Closes: #600626
   * Dutch (Eric Spreen).  Closes: #603953
   * Greek (Emmanuel Galatoulas).  Closes: #604451
   * Dzongkha (dawa pemo).  Closes: #604458
   [ Helge Kreutzmann ]
   * Fix (mostly) typos. Thanks Florian Rehnisch <> for noticing.
     Addresses: #518395.
     Also unfuzzy all translations as far as possible.
   * Update German translation where unfuzzing was not enough (actually a no-op
     as Florian already translated appropriately).

debconf (1.5.36) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Debconf translation updates ]
   * Spanish (Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña).  Closes: #592176
   * Icelandic added (Sveinn í Felli).
   * Telugu (Arjuna Rao Chavala).  Closes: #593095
   * Arabic (Ossama Khayat).  Closes: #595453
   * Danish (Joe Hansen).  Closes: #595439
   * Turkish (Recai Oktas).
   * Malayalam (Saji Nediyanchath).
   * Hindi (Kumar Appaiah).
   * Japanese (Kenshi Muto).  Closes: #595469
   * Korean (Changwoo Ryu).  Closes: #595517
   * Indonesian (Arief S Fitrianto).  Closes: #596197
   * Lithuanian (Kęstutis Biliūnas).  Closes: #596204
   * Portuguese (Miguel Figueiredo).  Closes: #596508
   * Persian (Behrad Eslamifar).  Closes: #590697
   [ Programs translation updates ]
   * Spanish (Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña).  Closes: #592178

debconf (1.5.35) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Sune Vuorela ]
   * Resurrect the Kde frontend, ported to libqt4-perl.

debconf (1.5.34) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Debconf translation updates ]
   * Bosnian (Armin Beširović).
   * Kazakh added (Baurzhan Muftakhidinov).  Closes: #589006
   * Belarusian (Viktar Siarheichyk).  Closes: #591668
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Use 'dh $@ --options' rather than 'dh --options $@', for
     forward-compatibility with debhelper v8.
   * Handle ll[_CC]@modifier as a locale name.  Closes: #591633

debconf (1.5.33) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Debconf translation updates ]
   * Tamil added. Closes: #578280
   * Irish added. Closes: #578281
   * Romanian (Eddy Petrișor).  Closes: #582556
   * Khmer (Khoem Sokhem).
   * Traditional Chinese (Tetralet).  Closes: #587194
   * Galician (Jorge Barreiro).  Closes: #587795
   * Croatian (Josip Rodin).
   [ Manpages translation updates ]
   * Portuguese added. Closes: #588652
   [ Programs translation updates ]
   * Portuguese. Closes: #577586
   * Slovenian added. Closes: #585115
   * Traditional Chinese (Tetralet).  Closes: #587195
   * Slovak (Ivan Masár).  Closes: #587806
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Fix new initialized value warning from perl 5.12.
     Closes: #578849
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Remove carriage return characters from Swedish programs translation.  In
     some cases these were in the middle of a line, breaking the format for
     strict parsers.

debconf (1.5.32) unstable; urgency=low

   * File: Avoid using filetest to test if database can be written to, as that
     is not in perl-base. Instead, try to open database for read+write,
     and if it fails, open readonly without locking. Closes: #577632

debconf (1.5.31) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Squash chomp warning in Debconf::FrontEnd::Teletype on EOF or error.
   * Test database writability more carefully to avoid breaking use of
     debconf under fakeroot.  Closes: #577299
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Fix uninitialized value warning if debconf -f is not followed by
     another parameter. Closes: #575870
   [ Programs translation updates ]
   * Simplified Chinese (soyi).

debconf (1.5.30) unstable; urgency=low

   * Don't open file databases read-write if the database is read-only, or if
     the file isn't writable (e.g. running debconf as non-root).  Closes:

debconf (1.5.29) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Programs translation update ]
   * Bulgarian (Damyan Ivanov). Closes: #558085
   * German (Helge Kreutzmann)
   * Portuguese (Miguel Figueiredo). Closes: #569254
   * Hebrew (Lior Kaplan).
   * Japanese (Kenshi Muto). Closes: #573057
   * Finnish (Tommi Vainikainen). Closes: #573053
   * Vietnamese (Clytie Siddall). Closes: #573122
   * Polish (Marcin Owsiany). Closes: #573124
   * Russian (Yuri Kozlov). Closes: #573195
   * Czech (Miroslav Kure). Closes: #573984
   * Asturian (Marcos).
   * Dutch (Frans Pop).
   * Swedish (Daniel Nylander).
   * Khmer (Khoem Sokhem).
   * Bengali (Md. Rezwan Shahid).
   * Indonesian (Parlin Imanuel).
   * Catalan (Guillem Jover).
   * Esperanto (Felipe Castro).
   * Traditional Chinese (Kan-Ru Chen).
   [ Manpage translation updates ]
   * French (Florentin Duneau). Closes: #573867
   * German (Helge Kreutzmann)
   * Russian (Yuri Kozlov). Closes: #556275, #573202
   [ Debconf translations ]
   * Bengali (Sadia Afroz).
   * Italian (Milo Casagrande). Closes: #559500
   * Norwegian Bokmål (Hans Fredrik Nordhaug).  Closes: #558659
   * Swedish (Martin Bagge).  Closes: #551945
   * Simplified Chinese (苏运强).
   * Thai (Theppitak Karoonboonyanan).  Closes: #568368
   * Vietnamese (Clytie Siddall).  Closes: #568976
   * Gujarati (Kartik Mistry).  Closes: #571680
   * Slovenian (Vanja Cvelbar).  Closes: #570345
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * debconf-devel(7): Note why SETTITLE is generally used rather than TITLE.
     Closes: #560323 (Thanks, Frans Pop)
   * DbDriver::File: Open file read-write so exclusive flock locking can be
     done portably. Fixes issue on Solaris. (Thanks, James Lee)
     Closes: #563577
   * Prevent dialog from escaping "\n" to a liternal newline in the text
     it displays by doing some tricky things with UTF-8 zero-width characters.
     Closes: #566954 (Thanks, Ben Hutchings)
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Build for Python 2.6. Closes: #574759
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Clean up use of POSIX perl module, which exports a large amount
     of stuff by default. Closes: #574573


debconf (1.5.28) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Put debconf-i18n in Section: localization, to match overrides.
   * Remove unused subcommand parameter from
   * Override Lintian warning about debconf's postrm not calling db_purge;
     debconf itself is a special case here.
   * Declare "Media change" string as needing translation. (apt gives us
     translated messages for substitution into the extended description here,
     but not for the short description.)
   * Remove unused 'use I18N::Langinfo' from Debconf::Element::Gnome
     (LP: #387112).
   * Upgrade to debhelper v7. In the process, convert to python-central with
     DH_PYCENTRAL=nomove (since we need our modules to be usable even when
     debconf is unconfigured; at the moment, the effect of this use of
     python-central is only to add a Python-Versions control field).
   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Add translation of "-a" in "man dpkg-reconfigure".
     Patch by Simon Paillard.
   * Suggest reporting bugs related to French translations in the French
     l10n mailing list. Patch by Simon Paillard.
   * French debconf translation update
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * document --terse in relevant man pages and show --no-reload in
     dpkg-reconfigure usage. Closes: #548994
   * German man page addendum fixed. Closes: #546789
   * Dropped the KDE frontend. libqt-perl is uninstallable, and
     work on the new qt4 perl bindings and a new KDE frontend based on
     them is not ready. If the KDE frontend is specified, debconf will
     now attempt to fall back to the Gnome frontend, or failing that,
     to dialog. Closes: #522580
   * Enable set -e in debconf-utils postinst.
   [ Programs translation updates ]
   * Portuguese (Miguel Figueiredo). Closes: #551379
   [ Debconf translation updates ]
   * Asturian (Marcos Alvarez Costales).
   * Bulgarian (Damyan Ivanov).
   * Finnish (Tapio Lehtonen).
   * Czech (Miroslav Kure).
   * Esperanto (Felipe Castro).
   * Simplified Chinese (Carlos Z.F. Liu).
   * Slovak (Ivan Masár).
   * German (Holger Wansing).
   * Bengali (Md. Rezwan Shahid).
   * Basque (Piarres Beobide).
   * Japanese (Kenshi Muto).
   * Russian (Yuri Kozlov).

debconf (1.5.27) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix Plural-Forms header in Tagalog translation.
   * debconf-apt-progress: If we didn't start the debconf frontend ourselves,
     then it's unlikely that the passthrough child will be able to start
     debconf normally, so tell it to use a pipe database in that case and
     rely on passthrough to save answers (LP: #337306).
   * debconf-apt-progress: DEBIAN_HAS_FRONTEND is always set here at some
     point, even if only on the second run after starting debconf, so we need
     to invert our handling of the check for whether we started the debconf
     frontend ourselves (LP: #347648).
   * Minor GET optimisation: fetch the question value only once rather than
   * debconf-apt-progress: If we get cancelled very early on before managing
     to start the process we're controlling, make sure that we don't carry on
     and start it anyway, and that we still return 30.
   * debconf-apt-progress: Handle cancellation right at the end. We don't
     have a process to kill at this point, but we should at least return the
     correct exit code.
   [ Manpages translations ]
   * Completed german man page translation. Closes: #518396
   * Completed French man page translation. Closes: #520787
   [ Debconf translations ]
   * Added Asturian. Closes: #518977
   * Added Bengali
   [ Programs translations ]
   * Added Asturian. Closes: #518977
   * Added Bengali

debconf (1.5.26) unstable; urgency=low

   * Use 'key not in dict' rather than 'not dict.has_key(key)' in;
     dict.has_key is deprecated in Python 2.6.
   * debconf-apt-progress: Don't send STOP if we didn't start the debconf
     frontend ourselves; in that case the application calling us should
     arrange to stop itself.
   * Use subprocess rather than popen2 if it's available. popen2
     is deprecated in Python 2.6.

debconf (1.5.25) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Joey Hess ]
   * debconf-devel(7): Fix state machine example to handle case where user
     backs out of first question.
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Support overriding frontend's package name determination (used to set
     the owner) using the DEBCONF_PACKAGE environment variable. Useful for
     applications driving debconf other than by way of package installation.
   * Refer to po-debconf(7) rather than its README (thanks, James R. Van
     Zandt). Closes: #505392
   * Refer to debconf-show(1) from dpkg-reconfigure(8) for those who just
     want to see the current configuration. Closes: #506070
   * Only use -C fields when explicitly disabling internationalisation within
     debconf (or when DEBCONF_C_VALUES=true), not merely when in the C
     locale. Based on a patch by Frans Pop, for which thanks! Closes: #476873
   * Force fallback to the default template if we encounter 'en' in the
     locale list and no language-specific template for English was
     found,since English text is usually found in a plain field rather than
     something like Choices-en.UTF-8. This allows you to override other
     locale variables for a different language with LANGUAGE=en. Thanks again
     to Frans Pop. Closes: #496631
   [ Manpages translations ]
   * Completed german man page translation.
   [ Debconf translations ]
   * Corrections in german translation with apologies for
     forgetting this bug report. Closes: #462302


debconf (1.5.24) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Joey Hess ]
   * debconf(7): Clarify reason for libterm-readline-gnu-perl being recommended
     for users of readline frontend. Closes: #497357
   [ Manpages translations ]
   * Updated german man page translation. Closes: #492370
   * German proofread by  Helge Kreutzmann. Copyright fixed to include
     Florian Rehnisch
   * Corrected French manpages translation wrt "interactive".
     Closes: #496555
   [ Debconf translations ]
   * Hindi updated.
   * Greek updated. Closes: #498580
   [ Programs translations ]
   * Hindi updated.
   * Greek updated. Closes: #498577
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * debconf.7: Remove whitespace in manrefs. Closes: #498446
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Fall back to untranslated fields if asking explicitly for any
     nonexistent translated field, not just Choices-C. For example, asking
     for Choices-en.UTF-8 should fall back to Choices if Choices-en.UTF-8
     doesn't exist. LP: #271652
   * Remove some dead code in Debconf::Template::AUTOLOAD.
   * Add an AUTHOR section to debconf-escape(1) to make the German po4a
     translations work better.
   * Add missing =back to debconf-apt-progress(1)'s OPTIONS section.
   * Use =head1 in German POD addendum, not =HEAD1. Together with switching
     output to UTF-8 (below), this fixes various problems with German manual
     page output. Closes: #492368
   * Recode all manual pages to UTF-8 and re-enable Russian manual page
     generation, now that pod2man has a --utf8 option. Requires perl (>=
     5.10.0-16) as bug #500210 broke the Russian pages. Closes: #485756

debconf (1.5.23) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Manpages Translations ]
   * Russian updated. Closes: #482288
   * French updated.
   * German added. Closes: #486869
   [ Debconf translations ]
   * Macedonian. Closes: #485993
   * Romanian. Closes: #488530
   * Korean. Closes: #491515
   [ Programs translations ]
   * Catalan. Closes: #486714
   * Romanian. Closes: #488530
   * Korean. Closes: #491515
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Typo. Closes: #486870
   * Disable Russian man pages until the encoding issue affecting them can be

debconf (1.5.22) unstable; urgency=low

   * Improve LDAP KeyByKey option by setting the LDAP search base to the exact
     key that is requested. Patch from Davor Ocelic.
   * Initial support for storing templates database in LDAP. (i18n not
     supported). Patch from Davor Ocelic. Closes: #477531
   [ Manpages Translations ]
   * Russian updated. Closes: #462780
   [ Debconf Translations ]
   * Bulgarian updated.
   * Polish updated. Closes: #478041
   [ Programs Translations ]
   * Bulgarian added. Closes: #478431

debconf (1.5.21) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix method call in LDAP dbdriver. Closes: #475545

debconf (1.5.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * Use signal names rather than numbers in debconf-apt-progress.
   * Fix use of 'next' rather than 'return' in debconf-apt-progress

debconf (1.5.19) unstable; urgency=low

   * Add a hack to the teletype frontend to allow typing "q" at a "[More]"
     prompt and break out of the 'pager'. Useful when ucf's diff turns out
     to be many many pages in length. There's no UI indication that "q" works
     here, but it's the same as in other pagers like less.
   * Add (experimental, nonstandard) implementation of the X_LOADTEMPLATEFILE
     protocol command. Should be compatible with cdebconf's. Closes: #427091

debconf (1.5.18) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Søren Hansen ]
   * debconf-apt-progress sometimes gets captured by buggy daemons, causing
     tasksel to hang because $debconf_command_eof never becomes true.
     STATUS_READ should be the last fd to close, so checking $status_eof is
     sufficient (LP: #141601).
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * debconf(1): Document that this command is rarely used. Closes: #457598
   * Add missing newlines to some error messages. Closes: #457609


debconf (1.5.17) unstable; urgency=low

   * Partial support for cancelable progress bars. While the dialog frontend
     cannot support them due to limitations in whiptail(1) and dialog(1),
     and I haven't implemented support in frontends like gnome or kde,
     the confmodule does now check to see if the frontend's progress bar
     methods return nonzero, and will pass that nonzero status along
     to the caller.
   * Implemented support for cancelable progress bars in the passthrough
   * debconf-apt-progress: Check for the progress bar being canceled, and if
     this happens, try to kill the apt process. Users of debconf-apt-progress
     that want a cancelable progress bar can thus just set the progresscancel
     capb before calling it and everything should work. Of course, this should
     only be done when the apt operation being run is one that can be cleanly
   * debconf-apt-progress: Notice if the child exited abnormally, and exit
   * Avoid setting a default title of "Configuring " when starting up the
     frontend if no package name could be determined.
   * Fix the passthrough frontend to not clear the capb on startup.
   * debconf-apt-progress: Add --dlwaypoint option.

debconf (1.5.16) unstable; urgency=low

   * Drop python 2.3. Closes: #447864
   * debconf-apt-progress: Add --no-progress option intended to be used
     by apt-install in d-i.

debconf (1.5.15) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Add manual page description for debconf-set-selections. Closes: #435954
   * Ignore AttributeError in the Python DebconfCommunicator destructor, so
     that you don't get a confusing exception message if you give the wrong
     number of arguments to the constructor.
   * Don't use dh_python's postinst fragment (and copy its prerm fragment by
     hand). debconf is too important to fail because some random python
     module wouldn't compile. Closes: #225384, #293820
   [ Debconf Translations ]
   * Nepali updated. Closes: #435388
   [ Programs Translations ]
   * Nepali added. Closes: #435389
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Applied Davor Ocelic's patch adding a keybykey option to the LDAP
     DbDriver. Closes: #440857
     (Note that it currently has some minor uninitialised value warnings.)
   * TERM isn't set if run from synaptic, avoid uninitialised value in Readline
     frontend. Closes: #307568

debconf (1.5.14) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Retry flock() on EINTR. Failing that, print the errno if flock() fails
     so that we have a better chance of working out why.
   * Install Python confmodule for python2.5 as well.
   * Add confmodule bindings for the DATA command.
   * Somebody looking at confmodule(3) probably actually wants
     debconf-devel(7). Add a reference in SEE ALSO.
   * Make sure that apt status commands and debconf protocol commands under
     debconf-apt-progress are properly interleaved. Closes: #425397
   [ Debconf Translations ]
   * Marathi added. Closes: #416805
   * Basque updated. Closes: #418897
   [ Programs Translations ]
   * Marathi added. Closes: #416805
   * Punjabi added. Closes: #427327
   * Basque updated. Closes: #418902
   * Esperanto added. Closes: #428275
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Increase selectspacer to 13 for dialog. May be needed due to changes in
     new versions of dialog.
   * Update url to web site in README.
   [ Trent Buck ]
   * Fix bash_completion syntax. Closes: #425676

debconf (1.5.13) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Man pages translations ]
     - French updated
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Fix kde frontend to "show" noninteractive elements so they can handle
     setting their values appropriately. Closes: #413509 (except possibly for
     the strange and unreproducible bits)
   * Avoid initialising kde until the first question is found that needs to be
     displayed using it. The Qt module could fail in some ugly ways during
     destruction if kde stuff was initialised but never used. (See #413509)

debconf (1.5.12) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Debconf Translations ]
     - Updated Esperanto. Closes: #404588
     - Updated Slovenian. Closes: #405581
     - Added Malayalam. Closes: #405910
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Bubulle requested I include a copy of debconf.pot in the source, rather
     than cleaning it, so here it is. Note that it's not included in svn, to
     avoid churn.
   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Fix typos in debconf-devel(7) and debconf(7). Closes: #410168, #410169
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * po/Makefile: Smarter detection of no-op changes to po files.


debconf (1.5.11) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Programs Translations ]
     - Updated Dutch. Closes: #391311
     - Updated Portuguese. Closes: #392703
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Add need_tty field to frontend objects. dpkg-preconfigure can test
     this if it fails to reopen /dev/tty, and avoid dying if the frontend
     doesn't care about the tty, as happens in g-i when preconfiguring using
     the passthrough frontend. Closes: #401876

debconf (1.5.10) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Better support for locale aliases. Thanks to Nicolas François
     for the patch. Closes: #232044

debconf (1.5.9) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Debconf Translations ]
     - Updated Bosnian. Closes: #396654
     - Updated Greek
     - Updated Nepali.
     - Updated Bulgarian. Closes: #397778
   [ Programs Translations ]
     - Added Bosnian. Closes: #397282

debconf (1.5.8) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix passthrough frontend's handling of noninteractive elements.
     Instead of duplicating the code in their show method, which varies for
     some types (select), just call the show method. Closes: #396147

debconf (1.5.7) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Programs Translations ]
     - Updated Chinese (Simplified)
     - Updated Danish. Closes: #392194
     - Updated Dutch. Closes: #392192
     - Updated Hebrew. Closes: #391155
     - Updated Korean. Closes: #393615
     - Updated Kurdish.
     - Updated Portuguese.
     - Added Thai. Closes: #394633
     - Updated Vietnamese.
   [ Debconf Translations ]
     - Updated Albanian
     - Updated Belarusian
     - Updated Chinese (Traditional)
     - Updated Greek. Closes: #392192
     - Updated Indonesian.
     - Added Thai. Closes: #394631

debconf (1.5.6) unstable; urgency=medium

   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Fix names of Kde and Gnome frontends in the frontend selection question.
     Closes: #389939, #388679, #391650
   * Set IFS to a sane value before calling printf, in case the maintainer
     script does something nasty to it. Closes: #381619
   * Dialog backtitle unbranding. Closes: #376116
   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Correct a grammar error in the french man page translation
   [ Programs Translations ]
     - Updated French.
     - Updated Khmer. Closes: #375064
     - Updated Galician. Closes: #391173
     - Updated Spanish.
     - Updated Catalan.
     - Updated Slovak.
     - Updated Dzongkha.
     - Updated Norwegian Bokmal.
     - Updated Ukrainian
     - Updated Swedish
     - Updated Basque
     - Updated Dutch
     - Updated Brazilian Portuguese
     - Updated Hungarian
     - Updated Finnish
     - Updated Japanese
     - Updated Czech
     - Updated German
     - Updated Romanian
     - Updated Turkish
     - Updated Polish
     - Updated Italian. Closes: #391559
     - Updated Traditional Chinese
     - Updated Arabic. Closes: #391614
     - Updated Russian
   [ Debconf Translations ]
     - Updated Dzongkha. Closes: #388016
     - Added Nepali. Closes: #374950

debconf (1.5.5) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Debconf Translations ]
     - Updated Wolof
   [ Programs Translations ]
     - Added Kurdish. Closes: #387811
     - Fixed typos in Italian. Closes: #387820
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * debconf-apt-progress: Die if debconf-apt-progress/media-change can't be
   * debconf-apt-progress: Avoid falling through to generic progress updating
     code from media-change handling.
   * When asking for a Choices-C field in a template, fall back to Choices
     (etc.); if i18n is disabled then asking for Choices tries Choices-C
     first. This lets you say "Choices: ${CHOICES-TRANS}" and "Choices-C:
     ${CHOICES}" to substitute reliably into translated and untranslated
     templates without having to ensure that ${CHOICES-TRANS} is translated
     to the same thing in every language.
   * Make sure that languages whose codes are prefixes of other language
     codes don't accidentally match those languages. This is mostly
     significant for C, but could also be a problem once translations for
     languages with three-letter codes start being widely deployed.

debconf (1.5.4) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Split out Choices in templates. Sorry, translators.
   * Activate the generation of Russian man pages by po4a, KOI8-R encoded
     Closes: #385549
   * Translations:
     - Updated French
     - Added Welsh (from D-I translations)
     - Added Dzongkha (from D-I translations)
   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Translations:
     - Updated Catalan debconf translation (Closes: #380344).
     - Updated Estonian debconf translation (Closes: #380352).
     - Updated Italian debconf translation.
     - Updated Simplified Chinese debconf translation.
     - Updated Tagalog debconf translation.
     - Updated Norwegian Bokmal debconf translation.
     - Updated Korean debconf translation (Closes: #380378).
     - Updated Arabic debconf translation (Closes: #380381).
     - Updated Danish debconf translation (Closes: #382002).
     - Updated Hungarian debconf translation.
     - Updated Malagasi debconf translation.
     - Updated Russian debconf translation (Closes: #380427).
     - Updated Slovak debconf translation (Closes: #380432).
     - Updated Czech debconf translation (Closes: #380437).
     - Updated Finnish debconf translation (Closes: #380453).
     - Updated Hebrew debconf translation.
     - Updated Brazillian Portuguese debconf translation.
     - Updated Japanese debconf translation (Closes: #380477).
     - Updated Romanian debconf translation (Closes: #380495).
     - Updated Latvian debconf translation.
     - Updated Turkish debconf translation.
     - Updated Galician debconf translation (Closes: #380592).
     - Updated Lithuanian debconf translation.
     - Updated Punjabi debconf translation.
     - Updated Portuguese debconf translation.
     - New Khmer debconf translation (Closes: #375064).
     - New Khmer programs translation (Closes: #375066).
     - Updated Vietnamese debconf translation (Closes: #382328).
     - Updated Basque debconf translation (Closes: #382459).
     - Updated Ukrainian debconf translation (Closes: #382504).
     - New Dzongkha programs translation (Closes: #382623).
     - Updated Spanish debconf translation (Closes: #382713).
     - Updated German debconf translation (Closes: #384370).
     - Updated Swedish debconf translation (Closes: #386509).
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Add support for media-change in debconf-apt-progress.

debconf (1.5.3) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Translations:
     - Updated French debconf translation.
     - Added Dzongkha programs and debconf translation.
   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Translations:
     - New Nepali programs translation (Closes: #373725).
     - Updated Korean debconf translation (Closes: #374152).
     - Updated Estonian debconf translation (Closes: #374324).
     - Updated Italian debconf translation (Closes: #374728).
     - Updated Finnish programs translation.
     - Updated Hungarian programs translation.
     - Updated Hindi debconf translation.
     - New Khmer debconf translation (Closes: #375064).
     - New Khmer programs translation (Closes: #375066).
     - Updated Esperanto debconf translation.
     - Updated Macedonian debconf translation.
     - Updated Catalan debconf translation (Closes: #376139).
     - Updated French manpage translation (Closes: #376186).
     - New Russian manpage translation (Closes: #376748).
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Use printf rather than echo to send commands to debconf, to avoid
     breaking escaped commands if /bin/sh is dash (closes: #306134).
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Fix amusing lintian warnings about debconf's own templates not meeting
     best practices for debconf templates.
   * Removed the following template translations which all had broken
     translated choices lists, which triggered lintian warnings and broke
     debhelper: dz ne km
     I can't fix those languages; feel free to re-add your translation
     when it's actually fixed. Removed bug closure numbers above for these
     and contacted translators.
   * Current version of policy.
   * Since lintian is being insanely strict about changelog formats now,
     I had to remove the comment at the end of the stripped down changelog
     that tells where to get the full changelog.
   * No longer a need to call dh_python twice, the new version apparently
     sets things up for both 2.3 and 2.4 with one call.
   * debhelper v5.

debconf (1.5.2) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Stop the Gnome and Kde frontends from displaying select questions with
     zero or one choices, or multiselect questions with zero choices; this
     was broken due to an error in multiple inheritance (thanks, Gary Coady;
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * debconf-get-selections: Don't skip notes or errors, people may want to
     preseed those.

debconf (1.5.1) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Remove trailing whitespace from some .P requests in man pages, to make
     po4a happier.
   * Strip only trailing newlines from replies in the Python confmodule,
     rather than all leading and trailing whitespace.
   * Retry readline() in the Python confmodule if it's interrupted by a
   * Typo fixes in Debconf::Encoding documentation.
   * Add cloexec keyword argument to Python DebconfCommunicator class,
     defaulting to False; if True, the file descriptors connected to
     debconf-communicate will be marked close-on-exec.
   * Avoid needlessly marking cache db items dirty on addowner if the entry
     already had that owner.
   * Add a --no-reload option to dpkg-reconfigure, to allow you to prevent it
     from reloading templates before running confmodules. This may be useful
     for performance if you know that the templates database is already
   * Handle escaped commas ("\,") and escaped spaces ("\ ") in Choices and
     Value fields in questions, matching cdebconf. I've grepped the archive
     for backslashes in Choices fields in templates and in db_set and
     db_subst commands and found nothing that this change would break, while
     it lets us use more code from d-i in the installed system.
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Stop mailing notes since something like 90% of the use of that data type
     is abuse anyway. Error messages will still be mailed if necessary.
   * In the gnome and kde frontends, exit 1 not 0 when cancel is hit.

debconf (1.5.0) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Define UTF-8 as the encoding for all passthrough communication (it was
     previously undefined, causing installer breakage when using non-UTF-8
     locales). Now the passthrough frontend recodes everything to UTF-8 when
     talking to the UI agent, and we recode DATA parameters from UTF-8 to the
     user's charmap. Closes: #355251
   * Note that if you try to exchange non-ASCII text with debconf at the
     moment using anything but the DATA command, you lose unless you know
     that the other end is using the same character encoding as you.
     Retrofitting encoding sanity is hard.
   * Accept -- as an end-of-options terminator in frontend, even though it
     doesn't currently take any arguments. Simplifies a corner case in
     cdebconf compatibility.
   * Notice and error out on write errors (such as ENOSPC) when saving
     databases. Should help with a lot of database corruption bugs.
     Closes: #198297, #247849 (we hope)
   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Rename the Punjabi translation file name from pa_IN to pa
     to fit a decision taken in -i18n
   * Man pages translations:
     - French updated
     - Complete translator information in addenda
   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Translations:
     - Arabic updated programs (Closes: #357010).
     - Arabic updated debconf (Closes: #360584).
     - Brazilian Portuguese updated debconf (Closes: #357653).
     - Romanian updated programs (Closes: #361152).
     - Romanian updated debconf (Closes: #361157).
     - Indonesian updated programs (Closes: #361185).
   * Fixed typo in French debconf-devel manpage (Closes: #358525).
   * Small correction in German programs translation (Closes: #358804).
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Finally applied Danilo Piazzalunga's gnome multiselct usability patch,
     which turns it into a list of checkboxes. Closes: #294116
   * Set maintainer to debconf-devel mailing list, this package is noticably
     Colin^Wteam maintained now. Closes: #265570

debconf (1.4.72) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Expand substitution variables when replying to localised METAGET
     requests for description, extended_description, or choices.
   * Add support for an 'escape' capability. If a confmodule sets this using
     CAPB, then commands it sends to debconf will be processed for backslash
     escapes (\n is a newline, \ followed by any other character is just that
     character) and debconf's replies will be backslash-escaped similarly.
     This allows such things as embedding newlines in substitutions and
     fetching extended descriptions using METAGET; the use of a capability is
     required because otherwise this would break compatibility with old
     confmodules. Closes: #126753
   * Avoid leaking a file descriptor from DebconfCommunicate.
   * Fix truncation of multi-line return values to handle values over two
     lines long correctly.
   * Add a debconf-escape program and make the confmodules unescape text
     automatically in escape mode. At present we don't escape text
     automatically, but you can use 'debconf-escape -e' yourself if you want
     an easy way to do that.
   * Remove *.pyc and *.pyo on clean.
   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Translations:
     - Hungarian new programs. Closes: #353933
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Add the same insane kind of fork check for Qt having a working display as
     we already had for GTK, since both libraries are written by monkeys who
     think that having a library exit(3) is a good idea if there's not a
     usable display. Sheesh. (On the plus side, the same monkeys have taught
     users to not care if it takes a 9 ghz machine to run a simple dialog, so
     who cares if we have to use expensive forking to work around your brain
     damage.) Closes: #354656, #244972, #246133
   [ Christian Perrier and the French team ]
   * Switch to po4a for man pages translations
   * Complete update of the French manpages translations

debconf (1.4.71) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Translations:
     - Brazilian portuguese updated programs. Closes: #352415
     - Bulgarian updated debconf. Closes: #351046
     - Catalan updated programs. Closes: #350966
     - Danish updated programs. Closes: #352238
     - Dutch updated programs. Closes: #351538
     - French updated programs. Closes: #351227, #352485
     - Hungarian updated debconf. Closes: #352271
     - Portuguese updated debconf and programs.
     - Turkish updated debconf and programs.
     - Ukrainian updated debconf and programs. Closes: #350680
   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Translations:
     - Corrected encoding of Turkish

debconf (1.4.70) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Fix spelling error in French translation
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Add experimental confmodule support for cdebconf, now that the file
     conflicts between debconf and cdebconf have been removed: set
     DEBCONF_USE_CDEBCONF to have /usr/share/debconf/confmodule try to run
     the cdebconf frontend rather than the debconf frontend. (I expect this
     not to work smoothly yet; for a start, cdebconf won't have a useful
   * Only conflict with cdebconf (<< 0.96).
   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Translations:
     - Baskish updated programs.
     - Czech updated programs.
     - Dutch updated debconf.
     - Finnish updated debconf.
     - Galician updated programs.
     - German updated debconf and programs.
     - Greek updated programs.
     - Hebrew updated debconf and programs.
     - Italian updated programs. Closes: #350387
     - Japanese updated programs. Closes: #350251
     - Latvian updated debconf.
     - Lithuanian updated debconf.
     - Norwegian (nb) updated debconf and programs.
     - Polish updated debconf and programs.
     - Punjabi updated debconf.
     - Russian updated programs. Closes: #350159
     - Simplified Chinese updated programs.
     - Slovak updated programs.
     - Slovenian updated debconf.
     - Spanish updated debconf and programs.
     - Swedish updated programs.
     - Tagalog updated programs.
     - Traditional Chinese updated programs.
     - Vietnamese updated debconf and programs. Closes: #350087

debconf (1.4.69) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Translations:
     - Japanese updated debconf and programs. Closes: #348965
     - Simplified Chinese updated debconf. Closes: #349600
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Fix shadowing of 'bool' builtin in getBoolean() (found by
   * Add support for templates of type 'error', which are largely treated
     like notes except that they are displayed no matter what the priority
     and even if they've previously been seen. For example, this can be used
     for input validation errors. This is compatible with cdebconf.
   * Fix crash in kde frontend while handling PROGRESS STOP.

debconf (1.4.68) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Translations:
     - Italian updated debconf. Closes: #346114
     - Slovak updated debconf and programs. Closes: #346371
     - Turkish updated debconf. Closes: #347714

debconf (1.4.67) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Translations:
     - Greek updated programs. Closes: #344643
     - Tagalog updated debconf. Closes: #344749
     - Catalan updated debconf and programs. Closes: #344966
     - Czech updated debconf and programs. Closes: #345339
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * debconf.conf(5) typo fix. Closes: #344336
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Add bash completion file (thanks, Alexandra N. Kossovsky).
     Closes: #301998
   * Fix DebconfCommunicator inheritance.
   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Translations:
     - Catalan updated programs and debconf. Closes: #344966


debconf (1.4.66) unstable; urgency=HIGH

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * DEBCONF_DB_REPLACE causes all databases from the config file to be
     opened read-only, including the templates database, partly because it's
     hard to do otherwise and partly because DEBCONF_DB_REPLACE is used for
     passthrough applications which want to avoid two debconf instances both
     opening the same templates database read-write. Unfortunately this
     breaks if anyone tries to register new templates. As a workaround, stack
     a throwaway pipe database in front of the configured templates database
     if DEBCONF_DB_REPLACE is in use. Closes: #343902
   * Translations:
     - Indonesian updated debconf (Closes: #344512).
     - Greek updated debconf (Closes: #344585).

debconf (1.4.65) unstable; urgency=HIGH

   * Remove my progress bar check of the last version since it breaks
     passthrough, especially where the actual progress bar was started by the
     destination frontend.

debconf (1.4.64) unstable; urgency=HIGH

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * debconf-apt-progress: Make sure to start up a debconf frontend properly
     (including saving/restoring @ARGV) in all modes except --config, not
     just in the all-in-one mode. Closes: #344159
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Add a check in the ConfModule to make sure that a progress bar is
     available before trying to use it.

debconf (1.4.63) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * debconf-apt-progress: Allow --from and --to to be used with --start to
     change the endpoints of the created progress bar.
   * Add DebconfCommunicator class to to allow speaking the
     debconf protocol over a debconf-communicate subprocess. Useful for
     querying the debconf database noninteractively.
   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Translations:
     - Basque updated programs and updated debconf (Closes: #342093).
     - Russian updated programs translation (Closes: #342771).
     - Russian updated debconf translation (Closes: #342773).
     - Galician updated debconf translation (Closes: #343056).
     - Danish updated debconf translation (Closes: #343431).
     - Swedish updated debconf translation (Closes: #344059).
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Slightly optimised the postinst script while leaving old transition
     handling code in it by moving old code into blocks with a single check for
     really old versions of debconf.
   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Add debconf-updatepo to the clean rule as recommended to always have
     up-to-date PO files for debconf translations.
   * Debconf translations:
     - French updated
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Changes to the Makefile to deal with changed quoting rules for continued
     strings in new version of make.
   * Current standards version.
   * Use commas as separator in the choices list for nb and fa
   * Split build-depends and -indep.

debconf (1.4.62) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Add debconf-apt-progress, as discussed on debian-boot@, to install
     packages using debconf to display a progress bar. Requires apt 0.6.41.
   * Fix DEBCONF_DB_REPLACE to work properly when given a database name from
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Remove newline removal code from perl mangling in Makefile.
   * Reword debconf-apt-progress/preparing template since it might be used for
     removals too.

debconf (1.4.61) unstable; urgency=low

   * The default debconf priority changes from medium to high in this release.
     This is consistent with the default pririty used already for fresh
     installs by d-i, and with the definitions of debconf priorities -- high
     priority questions have no reasonable default answer so should be
     displayed, while medium priority questions do have a default and can be
     skipped easily.
     Please do not use this change as an excuse to inflate priorities of

debconf (1.4.60) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Programs translations:
     - Swedish updated. Closes: #338607, #339832.
     - Tagalog updated. Closes: #338611.
   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Programs translations:
     - French updated.
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Improve message diplayed if kde frontend cannot start due to missing Qt.
     Closes: #341315

debconf (1.4.59) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Remove the obsolete entries from the Ukrainian translation of
     debconf. Closes: #325413
   * Fix some typos in debconf-devel(7). Closes: #335035
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Fix variables in man page example. Patch from Jérémy Bobbio.
     Closes: #326134
   * debconf-get-selections: Include a comment with available choices for
     select and multiselect questions.
   * Don't compress demo templates file. Closes: #336477
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Add progress indicator to dpkg-preconfigure if we're running in apt mode
     and there are more than 30 packages (arbitrarily selected) to
     preconfigure. We'll make more calls to apt-extracttemplates as a result,
     but the progress indicator only ticks once every 30 packages so it
     shouldn't be too bad.
   * Fix typo in debconf-show(1). Closes: #326739
   * Mention in debconf(1) that debconf(7) is in the debconf-doc package.
     Closes: #308888
   * Look at the output of 'lsb_release -is' (falling back to 'debian' if
     /etc/debian_version is present) to figure out which logo to display in
     the Gnome frontend.
   * Install python confmodule for both python2.3 and python2.4 (since
     /usr/lib/site-python doesn't work properly yet).
   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Programs translations:
     - Russian updated. Closes: #332880
     - Swedish updated. Closes: #333811
   * Debconf translations:
     - Romanian updated. Closes: #333199
     - Portuguese updated. Closes: #332934

debconf (1.4.58) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Joey Hess ]
   * debconf-set-selections: support wrapping of long lines with "\".
   [ Christian Perrier ]
   * Rewrite the debconf/priority short description to have the same
     wording than cdebconf
     Translations merged from cdebconf translations (languages not yet
     supported in debconf added with translations from cdebconf)

debconf (1.4.57) unstable; urgency=low

   * Run puic in LC_ALL to fix build failure in French locale in August.
     Closes: #322122

debconf (1.4.56) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Debconf translations:
     - Arabic added (thanks Mohammed Adnène Trojette). Closes: #320762
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Force dialog progress bars to the full available screen width right from
     the start, to avoid the box flashing as longer info messages are added.
     Matches cdebconf.
   * Fix zero-arg case of passthrough's title method to return the title
     rather than emptying it.
   * The approach used by progress bars of saving the title when a progress
     bar starts and restoring it when it stops doesn't work if somebody sets
     the title when a progress bar is up. Instead, remember the last title
     that was explicitly requested and restore that on progress stop.
   * If DEBCONF_SYSTEMRC is set to a file that exists, use it in preference
     to the system debconf.conf files. Closes: #299216
   * Never send STOP through the passthrough interface. One of the uses for
     passthrough is putting a progress bar in front of base-config's package
     installation, and that previously sent a STOP after every package, which
     shut down the debconf instance running the progress bar. Frontends shut
     themselves down anyway when their input goes away, so the STOP was
   * Allow setting the pipe driver's outfd to 'none' to throw the database
     away on shutdown. Helps with #312072.

debconf (1.4.55) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Joey Hess ]
   * confmodule: avoid using non-XSI local variables; instead use a nasty
     temporary IFS setting hack and _db_local_ namespace. Closes: #242011
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Fix error message on uninitialised template database.
   * Add DEBCONF_DB_REPLACE environment variable with the same syntax as
     DEBCONF_DB_OVERRIDE and DEBCONF_DB_FALLBACK, which bypasses all the
     normal databases (thus avoiding locking them). Useful for local testing
     or for running two concurrent debconf instances.
   * Start a new, bigger dialog instance when updating a progress bar with
     info text that won't fit into the current instance.
   * Start/restart dialog progress bars at the correct percentage.
   * Fix showdialog return values.

debconf (1.4.54) unstable; urgency=low

   * Make dialog progress bars interruptible: if a question needs to be asked
     while a progress bar is up, we tear down the progress bar and restore it
     afterwards where we left off. The gnome frontend is still broken in this
     situation, although at least kde and readline work fine.

debconf (1.4.53) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Luk Claes ]
   * Manpage translations:
     - Updated French confmodule manpage. Closes: #318410
   [ Sylvain Ferriol ]
   * add Test::Debconf::DbDriver::CommonTest::test_shutdown to verify sync of
     data between cache and file on shutdown.
   * add Test::Debconf::DbDriver::CommonTest::test_shutdown to verify sync of
     data between cache and ldap on shutdown.
   * add unit tests to validate debconf_copydb.
   * add Test::CopyDBTest::test_201431. Closes: #201431
   * modify debconf.schema because extendedDescription attribute has an
     inappropriate matching rule => slapd (2.2.23-8) failed
   * set the type of the template in Template::new because if we don't
     use Template::load, it do not appear in template instance
   * call Cache::shutdown in LDAP::shutdown to synchronize data between
     cache and ldap.
   [ Joey Hess ]
   * Add Kamion to the uploaders.
   * debconf-get-selections: Use new d-i logfile path for --installer mode.
   [ Colin Watson ]
   * Fix template -C handling to avoid clobbering $field for later requests
     for the same template.
   * debconf-get-selections: Tolerate both old and new d-i logfile paths.
   * Implement the DATA command, so that debconf can act as a UI agent
     communicating with another instance of debconf running the passthrough
   * Add myself to debian/copyright for progress bar support.

debconf (1.4.52) unstable; urgency=low

   * Colin Watson:
     - Lower-case the field name passed to METAGET, since the template
       database stores fields that way.
     - If a template name ending in -C is requested (e.g. via METAGET),
       return the untranslated template regardless of the locale.
     - Strip off DOS line endings in debconf-set-selections.
     - Autoflush stdout in debconf-communicate so that stdout can be a pipe.
     - Clean up stray newlines in DEBCONF_DEBUG=developer debconf-communicate
     - Add read and write keyword arguments to,
       to allow using this module with a debconf-communicate subprocess
       rather than having to re-exec the current process inside a frontend.
   * Debconf translations:
     - Vietnamese added. Closes: #313509
   * Programs translations:
     - Romanian updated. Closes: #303804

debconf (1.4.51) unstable; urgency=low

   * Colin Watson
     - Fix spelling of "unknown" in copied database items with no owners.
     - Pass SETTITLE straight through the passthrough frontend (with
       accompanying DATA) rather than turning it into TITLE. Closes: #292989
   * Joey Hess
     - Patch from mfz to allow dpkg-reconfigure -fnoninteractive to work
       consistently with DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive and with common sense,
       by testing for forced_frontend. Closes: #312550
   * Programs translations:
     - French spellchecked

debconf (1.4.50) unstable; urgency=low

   * Colin Watson
     - Generate po/debconf.pot in sorted order by source filename, rather
       than having it be in whatever order find(1) happens to produce.
     - Implement INFO command from cdebconf, to display an out-of-band
       informative message. Closes: #304332
     - Revert stdin/stdout inversion from debconf 1.1.30; that caused the
       dialog child process to read from stdout and write to stdin (which
       miraculously happened to work, at least for terminals). Instead, avoid
       the perl warning from #155682 by restoring stdin first after the open3
     - Add progress bar support, using the cdebconf PROGRESS protocol. The
       editor and web frontend implementations are stubs.
     - Correct location of standalone template files in debconf-devel(7)
       (should be /usr/share/debconf/templates/progname.templates).
     - Extend passthrough protocol slightly to send SUBST commands for any
       substitution variables that are set for each question.
     - Translate select/multiselect defaults to the current locale when
       sending them to a passthrough UI agent, and translate the value
       returned by the UI agent back to C.
   * Joey Hess
     - debconf man page update. Closes: #309698
   * Christian Perrier
     - Man pages typos corrected. Closes: #309010, #309011, #309013
   * Programs translations
     - Italian updated. Closes: #310288

debconf (1.4.49) unstable; urgency=low

   * Debconf translation updates:
     - Italian. Closes: #304908
   * Fix an enxironment variable name in debconf(7). Closes: #305260
   * Document in the debconf-set-selections man page that
     debconf-get-selections is in debconf-utils. Closes: #305262
   * Fix typo in Debconf/ : s/speerated/separated
     Unfuzzy translations
     Closes: #307165
   * Program translation updates:
     - Italian.
     - French, directly received from l10n team
     - Danish. Closes: #305994
     - Vietnamese. Closes: #307067

debconf (1.4.48) unstable; urgency=low

   * Joey Hess
     - Apply patch from Denis Barbier to translate --help output. See #167177
     - Make debconf-set-selections not fail if it encounters an unknown
       question type.
     - Overload the type field in preseed files; if it's "seen" then
       instead set the seen flag; this allows for preseeding that only changes
       a default value but still leaves the question unseen.
     - This obsoletes the --unseen flag in debconf-set-selections, but
       I've left it in and working for now since things probably already use
   * Christian Perrier
     - Man page typo fixs. Closes: #302746, #302749, #302747, #302748, #302752
   * Program translation updates:
     - Slovak. Closes: #302509
     - Spanish. Closes: #302528
     - Traditional Chinese. Closes: #302532
     - Hebrew
     - Brazilian Portuguese. Closes: #302539
     - Japanese. Closes: #302552
     - Dutch. Closes: #302580
     - Ukrainian. Closes: #302595
     - Turkish. Closes: #302596
     - Basque. Closes: #302616
     - Simplified Chinese: Closes: #302636
     - Czech: Closes: #302679
     - Portuguese: Closes: #302691
     - Greek: Closes: #302850
     - Tagalog: Closes: #303172
     - Romanian: Closes: #303804

debconf (1.4.47) unstable; urgency=low

   * Since python confmodule checks only to see if DEBIAN_HAS_FRONTEND
     exists, dpkg-reconfigure needs to delete it, not unset it. Closes: #302004
   * Translations:
     - Galician updated. Closes: #296470
     - Spanish updated. Closes: #301126

debconf (1.4.46) unstable; urgency=low

   * Translations:
     - Greek updated. Closes: #293912
     - Polish updated. Closes: #295378
     - Traditional Chinese added. Closes: #294892
     - Tagalog updated (programs) and added (debconf). Closes: #296050

debconf (1.4.45) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix bad use of gettext from previous patch. In fact, debug statements are
     not intended to be translated, so revert that part of it. Closes: #293675

debconf (1.4.44) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix a rogue quotation mark intorduced in the translatable string patch
     in the previous version. Closes: #293666 (and approximatly 2e5 other bugs
     that will be filed before dinstall tomorrow).

debconf (1.4.43) unstable; urgency=low

   * Christian Perrier
     - Mark more strings as translatable. Closes: #225463
   * Colin Watson
     - The passthrough frontend sets the value of visible questions by
       getting the value from the UI agent, but it didn't set the value of
       invisible questions as the confmodule expects it to. It now sets the
       value of invisible questions in the same way as the noninteractive
   * Joey Hess
     - In dpkg-reconfigure man page, note that -a works as --all.
       Closes: #292416
   * Translations:
     - French updated
     - Italian updated. Closes: #291797
     - Simplified Chinese updated. Closes: #291799
     - Dutch updated. Closes: #291805
     - Russian updated. Closes: #291806
     - Czech updated. Closes: #291810
     - Portuguese updated. Closes: #291837
     - Ukrainian updated. Closes: #291861
     - Catalan updated. Closes: #291868
     - Norwegian Nynorsk updated. Closes: #291882
     - Spanish updated. Closes: #291885
     - Hebrew updated. Closes: #291906
     - Japanese updated. Closes: #291924
     - Danish updated. Closes: #291988
     - Finnish updated. Closes: #292051
     - Indonesian updated. Closes: #291948
     - Brazilian Portuguese updated. Closes: #291980
     - Slovak updated. Closes: #291947
     - Swedish updated. Closes: #292036
     - Basque updated.
     - Romanian updated. Closes: #292306
     - Korean updated (but still incomplete)
     - Tagalog added. Closes: #292608
     - Arabic added (from Arabeyes CVS)

debconf (1.4.42) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix bug in man page example script. Closes: #286335
   * Add --unseen flag to debconf-set-selections. Closes: #286318
   * Fix typo in man page example. Closes: #285099
   * Patch from mdz to improve the passthrough frontend:
     - Use DEBCONF_READFD and DEBCONF_WRITEFD for passthrough communication
       if DEBCONF_PIPE is not set to a socket.
     - Change passthrough protocl for INPUT command so it is the same as in
       the debconf protocol, and pass the type of the question in a "DATA type"
     - Fix passing of extended descriptions in DATA. Note they're newline
     - Pass choices for multiselect questions.
     - Now usable with cdebconf as the client on the other side of the
       passthrough channel.


debconf (1.4.41) unstable; urgency=low

   * Translations:
     - Finnish updated (programs). Closes: #280709
     - Romanian added (programs). Closes: #283209

debconf (1.4.40) unstable; urgency=low

   * Joey Hess
     - Force PERL_DL_NONLAZY=1 in confmodule,,, and
       Debconf::Client::ConfModule to avoid bad behavior of the dynamic linker
       when Text::Iconv is loaded but its symbols have not really been
       resolved. This caused debconf to be killed with a relocation error
       in certian upgrades from woody involving packages that use debconf in
       their preinst. Closes: #278417 Thanks to Andrew Suffield and Branden
       Robinson for analysis.
     - Add check in frontend and debug message if PERL_DL_NONLAZY is not set
       to 1 when it's run from a preinst, in case I missed other entry points.
   * Colin Watson
     - Set the seen flag on questions asked in the noninteractive frontend if
       DEBCONF_NONINTERACTIVE_SEEN is set to true. This allows debootstrap to
       behave better (partly fixes #238301).
   * Translations:
     - Indonesian added (programs). Closes: #275981
     - Traditional Chinese renamed from zh_TW.Big5.po to zh_TW.po
       (Christian Perrier)
     - Simplified Chinese added (programs). Closes: #277470
     - Slovak translation added (programs and debconf). Closes: #279299

debconf (1.4.39) unstable; urgency=low

   * Joey Hess
     - Avoid a warning message in DbDriver::Copy that's triggered by d-i
       debconf preseeding. Closes: #275122
   * Translations:
     - Spanish updated (programs). Closes: #274148
     - Hebrew added (both). Closes: #274381
     - Italian added (programs) and updated (debconf). Closes: #274582, #274584
     - Norwegian Nynorsk added (programs). Closes: #275081
     - Polish updated (debconf). Closes: #275815

debconf (1.4.38) unstable; urgency=low

   * Joey Hess
     - Tightended the versioned conflicts/replaces on debconf-utils in
       debconf-i18n. Closes: #273970
   * Translations:
     - Updated Brazilian Portuguese translation (programs). Closes: #273941

debconf (1.4.37) unstable; urgency=low

   * Translations:
     - Correct errors in Greek translation by Konstantinos Margaritis
     - Italian debconf update. Closes: #272521
     - Czech debconf update. Closes: #273522
     - Russian translation updates. Closes: #272723
     - Dutch translation added. Closes: #272535
     - Portuguese translation added. Closes: #273227
   * Spelling error in "man page" of debconf-show fixed. Closes: #272541

debconf (1.4.36) unstable; urgency=low

   * Joey Hess
     - Used wrong regexp in last version.
   * Translations:
     - Updated French translation (programs and debconf)
       Closes: #242935, #264152, #271373, #255657
     - Updated/added Ukrainian translations (programs and debconf)
       Closes: #270088
     - Polish debconf translation updated
       Closes: #271398
     - Brazilian Portuguese debconf translation checked
       Closes: #271412
     - Correct trivial errors to Russian and Polish translations headers

debconf (1.4.35) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix debconf-get-selections to not choke on files with comments followed
     by nothing.
   * Allow multiple spaces between all values except the last one in preseed

debconf (1.4.34) unstable; urgency=low

   * Skip questions with no known type also in debconf-get-selections.

debconf (1.4.33) unstable; urgency=low

   * Skip title questions in debconf-get-selections along with the notes, text,
     and errors previously skipped.
   * Add titles to the list of known types in debconf-set-selections, just in

debconf (1.4.32) unstable; urgency=low

   * Hack in an --installer parameter in debconf-get-selections so the d-i
     manual can document a sane way to generate d-i preseeding files.
   * Add the question's short description as a comment in
     debconf-get-selections output, and skip notes, text, and errors.

debconf (1.4.31) unstable; urgency=low

   * Improve the man page with state machine improvements and better back out
     handling from Bruce Perens.
   * Minor Danish po file update. Closes: #262131
   * Patch from David Schweikert to let dpkg-reconfigure use the noninteractive
     frontend if forced to do so. Closes: #263398
   * Patch from Julien Louis to add translations of debconf-communicate and
     debconf-set-selections to debconf-i18n. Closes: #264140
   * Ran recode latin1..utf-8 debian/changelog. Closes: #214563
   * Add Tukish po file translation from Recai Oktas. Closes: #264713
   * Japanese po file update from kmuto. Closes: #265984

debconf (1.4.30) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix and update German translation. Thanks, Michael Piefel. Closes: #260572
   * Update Basque templates translation. Thanks, Piarres Beobide Egaña.
     Closes: #260678

debconf (1.4.29) unstable; urgency=low

   * Force two spare lines to be available for select and multiselect lists
     in the dialog frontend. Closes: #255652

debconf (1.4.28) unstable; urgency=low

   * Typo fixes in debconf-devel.7. Closes: #253341
   * Put back the PREVIOUS_MODULE stuff, at least console-data "uses" it,
     although it does nothing, is undocumented, etc.

debconf (1.4.27) unstable; urgency=low

   * Change the shell confmodule to not construct functions on the fly.
     The new code is smaller, a bit faster, and simpler, but the important
     thing is that it does not clobber $@. The old version messed up $@ if
     parameters contained spaces.
   * Removed the never completed PREVIOUS_MODULE stuff from the shell,
     perl, and python confmodules.

debconf (1.4.26) unstable; urgency=low

   * Add Basqe translation by Piarres Beobide Egaña. Closes: #247321
   * German translation update. Closes: #251731
   * Catalan translation update. Closes: #251786
   * Remove soi-unsightly trailing blanks in debconf-show output.
     Closes: #252482

debconf (1.4.25) unstable; urgency=low

   * Overload Template object's stringification, so metaget of a question's
     template field returns the name of the template. Closes: #244089

debconf (1.4.24) unstable; urgency=low

   * Patch from Eugeniy Meshcheryako to make the dialog frontend use a
     utf-aware width function when calculating dialog sizes. Closes: #245688

debconf (1.4.22) unstable; urgency=low

   * Update po/ja.po. Closes: #241786
   * Fix frontend capitalisation warning. Closes: #242277
   * Wording tweak in dpkg-reconfigure. Closes: #242917
   * Update po/da.po. Closes: #243202

debconf (1.4.21) unstable; urgency=low

   * Remove old stuff for cvs repo in README. Closes: #241252
   * Improve handling of bad priorities, and documentation. Closes: #241292

debconf (1.4.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * Update Ukrainian po file. Closes: #241044
   * Fix more encoding problems with the gnome frontend introduced by the last
     patch. Closes: #240898
   * In the KDE frontend, don't show the window until there is a question to
     ask. Closes: #239109

debconf (1.4.19) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix Gnome frontend's display of select and multiselect questions
     and notes to use more of the available space. Closes: #229009
     Thanks to Mark Howard for this patch.
   * Use tooltips to display the help texts for questions in the Gnome
     frontend. Closes: #240299 (Mark Howard). The Help bttons are still
     left in the UI for now.
   * Updated Greek po file from Konstantinos Margaritis. Closes: #240641
   * French po update from Julien Louis. Closes: #240648

debconf (1.4.18) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed all sigils. Closes: #223020, #182239, #239916

debconf (1.4.17) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added Turkish po file translation from Recai Oktas. Closes: #239141

debconf (1.4.16) unstable; urgency=medium

   * Dialog and whiptail differ in their handling of --nocancel with
     --defaultno. Never use the two options together. Closes: #236943
   * Bump the urgency, this bug can cause bad things to happen and needs to be
     fixed in testing.

debconf (1.4.14) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix call to to_Unicode in KDE String element. Closes: #236574

debconf (1.4.13) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix display on non-latin symbols in the KDE frontend. Closes: #235837
     (Thanks, Eugeniy Meshcheryakov)
   * Added Chinese po files. Closes: #235950 (thanks, Carlos Liu)

debconf (1.4.12) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated French manpages from Julien Louis, includes new
     debconf-{get,set}-selections translations. Closes: #235690

debconf (1.4.11) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated Spanish templates translation. Closes: #232662
   * Fix dialog frontend's handling of user entering nothing in an inputbox,
     in this case whiptail's output FD is eof, and care must be taken to not
     return undef. Closes: #233618, #226963, #227732

debconf (1.4.10) unstable; urgency=low

   * Use treeview for gnome multiselect lists (kov). Closes: #232090

debconf (1.4.9) unstable; urgency=low

   * Patch from Sylvain Ferriol:
     - allow empty calues in LDAP DbDriver
     - change debconf.schema to support slapd 2.1.x. Closes: #215878
     - adds a test suite for DbDrivers.
     Thanks, Sylvain!
   * Work around perl bug #231619 by unnecessarily using fields in Closes: #227013
   * Patch from Eugeniy Meshcheryakov to fix display of messages in KOI8
     locales using the GNOME frontend. Closes: #231302
   * Re-introduce debconf-get-selections and debconf-set-selections.
     The former goes in debconf-utils, the latter in debconf so it can be
     used for preseeding during new installs.
   * Patch example in debconf-devle(7) to deal with variables that the admin
     removed from the config file, but when turned back on via a
     dpkg-reconfigure. Thanks, Daniel Kobras.
   * Update Polish translation. Closes: #230869
   * New Ukrainian translation by Eugeniy Meshcheryako. Closes: #230964
   * Update French translation. Closes: #231496
   * Update Dutch translation, sorry that took so long. Closes: #227884

debconf (1.4.8) unstable; urgency=low

   * Remove padding whitespace from the end of lines in select questions
     in the teletype frontend.
   * Explicitly waitpid on dialog in the dialog frontend, to work around
     some kind of perl / linux 2.6 behavior change with plain wait.
     Closes: #228987
   * New Czech translation by Miroslav Kure. Closes: #230600
   * Updated Danish translation. Closes: #230618 (non-templates)

debconf (1.4.7) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix debian/po/fi.po.

debconf (1.4.6) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated de.po from Leonard Michlmayr.
   * Gustavo Noronha Silva:
     - work around encoding problems when using UTF-8 locales and Gnome
       frontend. Closes: #226896
     - use a scrooled window instead of a vscrollbar so that
       looong texts will fit better.
     - addbutton now accepts mnemonics, good for usability!
   * Fix misc formatting and tab damange.
   * pt_BR update from Gustavo Noronha Silva.
   * Updated debian/po/ja.po from Kenshi Muto. Closes: #227462
   * Updated debian/po/da.po from Morten Brix Pedersen. Closes: #227617

debconf (1.4.5) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated Finnish translation. Closes: #226900

debconf (1.4.4) unstable; urgency=low

   * Add a Greek translation by Konstantinos Margaritis. Closes: #226834
   * Updated the French translation. Closes: #226226

debconf (1.4.3) unstable; urgency=low

   * Port of the gnome frontend to GNOME2 libs:
   * Debconf/Frontend/, Debconf/Element/,
     - fixed debian logo exibition
   * Makefile, debian-logo.png, debian-logo.xpm:
     - use a png instead of a xpm to have a cuter interface =P
   * Above changes from Gustavo Noronha Silva. Closes: #225503
   * Fix broken fallback from noninteractive frontend in dpkg-reconfgure.
     Closes: #226205


debconf (1.4.2) unstable; urgency=low

   * Deal better with hostname -f during debootstrap.

debconf (1.4.1) unstable; urgency=low

   * Patch from Denis Barbier to fix return values from select and multiselect
     in the KDE frontend to take localisation into account. Closes: #225504

debconf (1.4.0) unstable; urgency=low

   * Add an exerimental KDE frontend, contributed by Peter Rockai.
     Closes: #224040
   * Generate Debconf/FrontEnd/Kde/ in Makefile using puic,
     so build-depend on libqt-perl.
   * Added basic pod docs for the Kde frontend, though it could stand
   * Fix code formatting to match the rest of debconf.
   * Use frontend debug facility instead of developer.
   * Remove some dead code and useless init methods that just call super.
   * Split modules into their own files where appropriate; better handling
     of libqt-perl less systems with Kde frontend selected.
   * Suggest libqt-perl.

debconf (1.3.22) unstable; urgency=medium

   * When the teletype frontend is processing the answer to a boolean
     question, accept English answers even if the locale is set to some other
     language, as the question may not yet be translated. Closes: #220472
   * Remove cruft that acted as if "" was a default value in Teletpye Boolean.
     Closes: #210671
   * debconf-copydb, DbDriver/Copy: deal better with input dbs that have no
     Owners fields, such as cdebconf templates dbs. Assume that the owner is
     "unknown" in this case.
   * Add support for the SETTITLE command to better handle translated titles.
     Closes: #172218, #213184
   * Drop ucfirst of package name in default title.
   * Make Debian::DebConf::Client::ConfModule deprecation warning go to stderr,
     not log.
   * Conflict with versions of whiptail before --default-item was added.
   * Use --default-item in dialog frontend, instead of the nasty menu
     reordering. Yay!
   * Move debconf-communicate from debconf-utils to debconf, it is needed by
     base-config 2.0.
   * Urgency medium to help the new base-config get into testing quickly.
   * Dialog frontend set values to "" or defaults when the user hit cancel or
     escape and capb backup was not enabled. Instead, in this case do not
     change any values.

debconf (1.3.21) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix multiselect elements in non-C locales. Closes: #221410
     Thanks to Kenshi Muto and Akira TAGOH for the debugging.
   * Numerous typo and consistency fixes in man pages by Yann Dirson.
     Closes: #221670

debconf (1.3.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * The locations of debconf-get-selectons and debconf-set-selections are
     swapped. The former should move to debconf, while the latter moves to
     debconf-utils. Since dpkg is broken and doesn't allow me to move them
     at all, I have removed both of them from the binary packages for now.
     Closes: #218648, #218698, #218712, #218661, #218685, #218683, #218658
     Closes: #218667, #218646, #218676, #218644 (Well, I hope that's all!)

debconf (1.3.19) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added debconf-get-selections and debconf-set-selections, based
     loosely on work by Petter Reinholdtsen. Closes: #214617

debconf (1.3.18) unstable; urgency=low

   * Various man page fixes (Closes: #217170).
   * Add translated, and update Debconf::Client::ConfModule
     and debconf translations. All from Julien Louis. Closes: #217536

debconf (1.3.17) unstable; urgency=low

   * Sort list of owners in before returning it. The changes to
     hash randomization in perl 5.8.1 made the order random otherwise, which
     breaks owners = choices style comparisons. It was also possible before
     that if a db was moved to a different dbdriver backend, the order would
     change. Closes: #217088

debconf (1.3.16) unstable; urgency=low

   * Patch from Fabian Franz to add support for Xdialog to the dialog
     frontend, removing the old gdialog cruft.
   * Fix some indentation from Xdialog patch.
   * Set selectspacer for Xdialog.
   * Remove undocumented DEBCONF_FORCE_GDIALOG variable, add
   * Patch from Denis Barbier to fix handling of locales containing a @.
     Closes: #215345
   * Danish update Morten Brix Pedersen. Closes: #216531

debconf (1.3.15) unstable; urgency=low

   * Spanish update. Closes: #212401
   * Russian update. Closes: #214364

debconf (1.3.14) unstable; urgency=low

   * Move from build-depends-indep to build-depends, to match current policy.
   * Updated Japanese template po file from Kenshi Muto. Closes: #210374
   * Removed the outdated debconf tutorial which was aimed at converting
     pre-debconf packages to debconf. Use debconf-devel(7) for all your debconf
     development needs.
   * Got rid of all the xml stuff, trimmed build deps down.
   * Lots of other doc reference updates.
   * Removed the pre 0.9 downgrade warning from prerm.
   * Removed the debconf.cfg removal code from postinst.

debconf (1.3.13) unstable; urgency=low

   * pt_BR template po update. Closes: # 207963
   * French po file update. Closes: #208365

debconf (1.3.12) unstable; urgency=low

   * Update Spanish templates. Closes: #206803
   * Fix name of dpkg-preconfigure in its help output. Closes: #206892

debconf (1.3.11) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed the showold question, and all showold support except what's
     necessary for dpkg-reconfigure. Closes: #129666, #184142

debconf (1.3.10) unstable; urgency=low

   * Dutch templates po file translaton. Closes: #204916

debconf (1.3.9) unstable; urgency=low

   * French man page updates from Julien Louis. Closes: #204745
   * Move dh_python to python2.3 module directory. Closes: #206165

debconf (1.3.8) unstable; urgency=low

   * Make the LDAP driver not crash debconf if it is not Required and it fails
     to connect. Closes: #203780
   * Added perl to Suggests line since perl and/or perl-modules are
     needed by eg, the readline frontend. Also added note to man page.
     Closes: #203766

debconf (1.3.7) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated French translaton by Christian Perrier. Closes: #203101
   * debconf-i18n conflicts/replaces older debconf-utils, which used to have
     the translated copydb manpages. Closes: #203619

debconf (1.3.6) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a typo.

debconf (1.3.5) unstable; urgency=low

   * Improved wording of error message while parsing config file.
     Closes: #184991
   * debconf-copydb: Include --owner-pattern option in the synopsis and usage.
     Closes: #201680

debconf (1.3.4) unstable; urgency=low

   * readline and teletype frontends do not display default in brackets,
     and do not special case empty string as the default. It's more important
     that the user be able to enter an empty string reliably. Default values
     are still provided if Term::Readline::Gnu is installed. Closes: #183970

debconf (1.3.3) unstable; urgency=low

   * FORCE_DIALOG is now renamed to DEBCONF_FORCE_DIALOG, and documented.
     Also, it now simply sets the preference; if dialog is not installed
     debconf will use whiptail with this variable set.

debconf (1.3.2) unstable; urgency=low

   * The "free meals all week" release.
   * Do the debconf-utils doc dir transition in its postinst, not preinst.
     Closes: #201018, #201024, #201019, #201018, #201017

debconf (1.3.1) unstable; urgency=low

   * The "Amaya says I can't eat until I fix a RC bug" release.
   * Updated ja.po. Closes: #200764
   * Fix debconf-utils preinst to not try to remove the old directory on a
     fresh install. Closes: #200941
   * debconf-i18n needs to Replaces debconf, as it takes over files from the
     old version.
   * First DebConf^3 upload.

debconf (1.3.0) unstable; urgency=low

   * Debconf will now use Tomohiro KUBOTA's Text::WrapI18N module for line
     folding, thus supporting proper display of:
      - multibyte encodings such as UTF-8, EUC-JP, EUC-KR, GB2312, and Big5,
      - combining characters and fullwidth characters which occupy zero
        and two columns on screen, and
      - languages which don't use whitespace between words (Chinese and
        Japanese) and mixture of such languages and other languages.
   * Debconf also makes use of Tomohiro's Text::CharWidth module for character
   * Known bugs:
     - Line-folding of prompt line in readline frontend is not aware of
       multibyte encodings nor combining/fullwidth characters (Bug#195678).
     - For dialog frontend, "dialog" package should not be used because
       it doesn't yet support multibyte encodings nor combining/fullwidth
       characters (Bug#195674). (Dickey is working on it.)
   * The above is made possible thanks to the work of Tomohiro KUBOTA
   * Extended Deconf::Encoding module to provide wrap, $cols, and width.
     It loads Tomohiro's modules if available, and falls back Text::Wrap and
     length if not.
   * Reorganized the i18n support, so all necessary packages are installed by
     default (Closes: #196475, #173647), and so it can easily be removed
     (saving 500k) for those who don't need it and lack disk space.
     Introduced debconf-i18n and debconf-english packages.
   * Link debconf-utils doc dir to debconf's, since it depends on it anyway.
     With transition preinst script. Saves 60k.
   * debconf-english and debconf-i18n are linked also.
   * debconf-show: Act on all packages named on command line. Closes: #198036
   * update. Closes: #198096
   * debian/po/fr.po update
   * SCHEIDLER Balazs <> provided a patch to make the
     passthrough frontend skip hidden elements. Closes: #198503

debconf (1.2.42) unstable; urgency=low

   * Make the conflict with whiptail-utf8 versioned (to the last version
     before it was removed) since whiptail provides it. Closes: #197863

debconf (1.2.41) unstable; urgency=low

   * Follow up with a Spanish template update, also from Carlos.
     Closes: #196786

debconf (1.2.40) unstable; urgency=low

   * Spanish translation update from Carlos Valdivia Yagüe. Closes: #196672

debconf (1.2.39) unstable; urgency=low

   * Conflict with whiptail-utf8 until it gets --output-fd support.
     Closes: #195818

debconf (1.2.38) unstable; urgency=low

   * Conflict with whiptail versions before 0.51.4-7, which adds --output-fd
   * Turn on output-fd support for whiptail.
   * Wrap priority question better on narrow terminals. Closes: #195485
   * Make Net::LDAP use LDAPv3 since that's the default provided by slapd
     now. Closes: #195673

debconf (1.2.37) unstable; urgency=low

   * Conflict with dialogs older than 0.9b-20020814-1, which added --output-fd.
   * Add support to dialog frontend for using the --output-fd switch when using
     dialog, to separate error messages and output. Closes: #194331
     However, whiptail does not yet implement --output-fd, so you can still
     screw your system up using whiptail and a bad TERM setting. This is
     whiptail bug #55182.
   * Updated Japanese translation. Closes: #193747
   * Updated French translation. Closes: #194525

debconf (1.2.36) unstable; urgency=low

   * 822 formatter: Support values beginning with whitepace. (See #189026)

debconf (1.2.35) unstable; urgency=low

   * Several French translation updates from Julien Louis. Closes: #189448

debconf (1.2.34) unstable; urgency=low

   * Don't need PATH munging for dh_installdebconf since po-debconf is used
     now. Closes: #185913

debconf (1.2.33) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated pt_BR template po file again. Closes: #184950
   * typo, Closes: #185587

debconf (1.2.32) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated pt_BR template po file. Closes: #183301
   * Complete de and da translations downloaded from DDTP.
     (NB, some have trailing whitespace fuzzyness issues.)
   * debconf-mergetemplates: Split field and lang non-greedily on field,
     to properly split eg, fr.iso-8859-1. Patch from Dennis.
   * Patch from Roderich Schupp:
     - PackageDir needs to manually remove files on shutdown, calling
       inherited remove method fails as the items are not in the cache
       anymore. This only shows up if using PackageDir for both config and
     - Fix typo in Directory::remove which kept it from removing "-old"
       backup files.
     - Make PackageDir::shutdown Call endfile on format.
     Closes: #182725

debconf (1.2.31) unstable; urgency=low

   * Use ! not ^ in confmodule character class. Closes: #183032

debconf (1.2.30) unstable; urgency=low

   * Now provides the debconf-2.0 virtual package. Note that 2.0 is the debconf
     protocol version, not the package version. Packages that depend on debconf
     should begin to migrate over to the new virtual package, as it will
     eventually let cdebconf be used as an alternate.
     (However, I will wait for this to get into testing before changing
     dh_installdebconf's generated dependencies, to avoid blocking too much
     from testing.)
   * No longer provides debconf-tiny.

debconf (1.2.29) unstable; urgency=low

   * confmodule: split on only one whitespace. Closes: #182287

debconf (1.2.28) unstable; urgency=low

   * Update for and
   * debconf-getlang and debconf-mergetemplate now print deprecation warnings.
   * Set $Text::Wrap::break = qr/\n|\s(?=\S)/ Closes: #159653

debconf (1.2.27) unstable; urgency=low

   * Debugf message when skipping 1 or 0 select select question.
     Closes: #181620

debconf (1.2.26) unstable; urgency=low

   * With a name like POSIX_ME_HARDER, what do you expect? Turned it off in
     dialog frontend. Closes: #178746

debconf (1.2.25) unstable; urgency=low

   * To find .debconfrc, look up the home directory of the current user with
     getpwuid, instead of trusting $HOME, which is untrustworthy thanks to
     programs like sudo. Closes: #181288
   * Sylvain Ferriol enhanced debconf-show so it can list debconf databases,
     owners of questions, and so it can be limited to list only owners or
     questions in a given database.

debconf (1.2.24) unstable; urgency=low

   * French man page updates from Julien Louis.
   * Updated Russian po files from Serge Winitzki. Closes: #180891
     (corrected po/ru.po broken quote and added missing \n)

debconf (1.2.23) unstable; urgency=low

   * LDAP DbDriver: If bind to server fails, throw an error (that can be
     downgraded to a warning by making the DbDriver non-required), instead of
     calling a method of an undefined value. Closes: #175989
   * Applied Denis Barbier's LANGUAGE env variable support patch.
     Closes: #172704

debconf (1.2.22) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated pt_BR.po from Andre Luis Lopes, Closes: #177224


debconf (1.2.21) unstable; urgency=low

   * debconf-copydb: Fixed -c parsing for passwords with colons in them, etc.
     Closes: #173796

debconf (1.2.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * Build-depend on python for dh_python. Closes: #172839

debconf (1.2.19) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added --default-priority to dpkg-reconfigure.

debconf (1.2.18) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added a python binding for debconf written by moshez. If you use it, you
     must take care of making your package depend on python; debconf itself
     does not. It only works with python 2.2.

debconf (1.2.17) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated da.po. Closes: #171890
   * Force unset POSIXLY_CORRECT in dialog frontend; whiptail cannot use
     sleect list params after -- (the only truely safe way to pass them) if
     this variable is set. Closes: #170646
   * Fixed a typo in debconf-devel man page. Closes: #172152

debconf (1.2.16) unstable; urgency=low

   * Mention text data-type in deconf-devel(7). #168761
   * Updated French man pages.

debconf (1.2.15) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed up templates and po/output. Closes: #167600
   * Patch from Roderich Schupp fixes double lock issue with PackageDir

debconf (1.2.14) unstable; urgency=low

   * Reworded debconf/priority template. Closes: #60541
   * Updated zh_TW.Big5.po.

debconf (1.2.13) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix debconf/helper confusion in debconf-devel(7). Closes: #166585
   * Don't let readline frontend be used with Term::ReadLine::GNU and emacs
     shell buffers, as those two don't get along. See bug #166987

debconf (1.2.12) unstable; urgency=low

   * Include topmost 100 changelog entries now in the hope that I will rarely
     release debconf 100 times between entries into testing. I'm still leery of
     bloating the base system with 50k of ancient changelog. Closes: #165399
   * Added

debconf (1.2.11) unstable; urgency=low

   * Ongoing French manpage translations.
   * Italian template update. Closes: #164807

debconf (1.2.10) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added DEBCONF_SYSTEMRC environment variable, which reportbug can set to
     make it ignore ~/.debconfrc when gathering debconf information.

debconf (1.2.9) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-reconfigure: run prerm script. Should be safe.
   * Doc update Closes: #162978
   * Use po-debconf for debconf package's own template translations.
   * debconf-getlang and debconf-mergetemplate are deprecated in favour of
   * Added docs to debconf-devel(7) about using po-debconf.
   * Remove old translation section from tutorual.
   * Remove bts-script.

debconf (1.2.8) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated ja.po. Closes: #162268
   * Updated ca.po.

debconf (1.2.7) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed name of french debconf-getlang(1) translation file so it will be
     put into the binary package. Closes: #161879
   * Similar for debconf-copydb and debconf.1. Closes: #161878

debconf (1.2.6) unstable; urgency=low

   * Turn on binmode on output to avoid encoding re-conversion.

debconf (1.2.5) unstable; urgency=low

   * Experiment in signing a deb for the archive failed: apt-ftparchive and all
     apt deb parsing are horribly screwed.

debconf (1.2.3) unstable; urgency=low

   * Typo, Closes: #161518
   * dpkg-reconfigure: Don't imply that a package is broken if it is not
     installed. Closes: #161528

debconf (1.2.2) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed fileutils dep. Debconf's postinst has changed a lot and it is not
     needed. Closes: #161421

debconf (1.2.1) unstable; urgency=low

   * Hmm, I wasn't aware that perl ran use's inside eval {} blocks at compile
     time. Use quotes instead. Closes: #161308, #161273
   * Updated ja.po from Junichi Uekawa.

debconf (1.2.0) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added support for encoding specification in translated templates. Use
     field names of the form "Field-ll_LL.charset". Example:
   * The reccommended encoding of all debconf templates files is UTF-8.
     Whenever it is possible, do not use other encodings. The possibility to
     support non-UTF-8 encodings is provided just in case.
   * Prefer a field matching the user's charset and language. If one is
     not found, look for one matching the user's language, and use iconv to
     convert to their charset.
   * Suggest libtext-iconv-perl, without which the above will not work.
   * This is all experimental, untested, and undocumented.
   * Closes: #148490

debconf (1.1.33) unstable; urgency=low

   * Add question when loading a template if the question is gone and the
     template still claims to own it. This should never happen unless you
     have a disk crash or bad kernel hang when using debconf, but enough
     people experience it to waste too much of my time. This is more robust.
     Closes: #151406, #160960
   * Update fr.po
   * Fixed typos in debconf.conf.
   * Loop only 10 times. Closes: #153775

debconf (1.1.32) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added back Polish template translation. Closes: #160183
   * Fixed bad use of gettext in gnome hostname thing. Closes: #160209
   * Updated Polish po file. Closes: #160210

debconf (1.1.31) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed undefined sigil problem with [More] prompt.

debconf (1.1.30) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed stdin/stdout inversion in call to open3 in dialog frontend.
     Closes: #155682

debconf (1.1.29) unstable; urgency=low

   * Allow stacked dbdrivers with readonly databases on top.
   * Patch from Michel Dänzer to put the hostname in the gnome window title.
     Closes: #141235

debconf (1.1.28) unstable; urgency=low

   * Man page type fixes and translations from Philippe Batailler
     and Julien Louis.

debconf (1.1.27) unstable; urgency=low

   * Minor templates fixes by Denis Barbier. Closes: #158189

debconf (1.1.26) unstable; urgency=low

   * Typo, Closes: #157885

debconf (1.1.25) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added several translated French man pages from Julien Louis.

debconf (1.1.24) unstable; urgency=low

   * Be forgiving of leading/trailing whitespace in lines of debconf.conf.
     Closes: #157010

debconf (1.1.23) unstable; urgency=low

   * Typos. Closes: #155547, #155572
   * debconf-devel(7) example conffile premision preservation pathch
     Closes: #157134

debconf (1.1.22) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added DEBCONF_DB_OVERRIDE and DEBCONF_DB_FALLBACK environment variables
     that are very useful for feeding databases to remote hosts for unattended
     ad-hoc mass upgrades. Based on a patch by Sam Vilain.

debconf (1.1.21) unstable; urgency=low

   * Deal better with empty or soly-comments config files.

debconf (1.1.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected references to /usr/doc in man page. Closes: #154571

debconf (1.1.19) unstable; urgency=low

   * Patch from "Devin Carraway" <>
     to debconf-mergetemplate outputs what part is fuzzy. Closes: #154109
   * Used said output to quickly fix up debconf's two fuzzy template items.
     Very nice!
   * Allow regular user to run dpkg-reconfigure --help. Closes: #153916

debconf (1.1.18) unstable; urgency=low

   * Don't override default die; that makes catching dialog frontend failure
     to run in an eval when TERM is unset fail.
   * Detect multiline protocol errors and warn, and work around.
   * Updated debconf.conf.5 pt_BR translation.
   * Make dialog frontend refuse to run with TERM=unknown. Closes: #153122

debconf (1.1.17) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed bug in PackageDir exists when called on nonexistant items that
     were part of an existing package.
   * Directory DbDriver is pure virtual now; I had to move exists and iterator
     out of it, and it is fairly useless by itself.
   * Seems that LDAP has no end of quoting problems, and Dagfinn Ilmari
     Mannsåker sent in a patch to update more of them (changes the schema again
     amoung other things). Closes: #152477
   * Stop leaking priority fields into the config database.

debconf (1.1.16) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed up iterator for PackageDir DbDriver. PackageDir still has problems
     with a few edge conditions.

debconf (1.1.15) unstable; urgency=low

   * The "no, DebConf 2 is over there" release.
   * Added a new dbdriver called "PackageDir" that stores items for each package
     in separate files (shared items go in their own file) in a subdirectory.
     This is a tradeoff between the load speed of DirTree and the
     manageability and smaller size of the flat file that has been the default
     so far. Locality of reference is reasonable when debconf is used on a
     per-package basis, as in debian. This dbdriver is planned to superceed
     File as the default once it's gotten some testing.
     If you want to test this, edit your debconf.conf to define new databases
     of this type into it, use debconf-copydb to copy your existing databases
     into the new ones, and then make the new ones be used by default.
   * Applied a patch from (Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker) to the
     LDAP dbdriver to change fields to IA5 text, skipping empty fields.
     Closes: #139779
   * Made more vocal about use of capitalized frontend names, which are
     deprecated. Fixed the couple of places in the debconf tree that still used
     the old style.
   * Note that debconf.conf(5) pt_BR translation is outdated.
   * Make Directory (and not just DirTree) dbdriver refuse to accept
     names with .. in them.
   * Added support for backup files to Directory, and thus to DirTree as well,
     and defaulted it to on.
   * Modified cache load methods to call a cacheadd method to add items back
     to cache; this allows a load method to actually load up related items when
     asked for one item.
   * Doc updates.

debconf (1.1.14) unstable; urgency=low

   * moved debconf.8 and debconf-devel.8 to section 7, and updated all
     references. Closes: #150594

debconf (1.1.13) unstable; urgency=low

   * Redesigned sigil classes a trifle, and added sigils to dialog frontend.
     Using the boring punctuation ones by default there.

debconf (1.1.12) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added priority sigils to the readline frontend. If you don't like the
     smileys, put Smileys: false in debconf.conf. To disable sigils entirely,
     use Sigils: false. I will implement smiley customization for $25. (Ads
     in a changlog -- you saw it here first :-P)
     Besides looking cute, the intent here is to make it obvious what priority
     a question is being asked at, to help combat priority inflation. Varying
     types of sigils will be added to the other frontends as well.
   * Made the examples in debconf.conf have some acuaintance with reality.
     Closes: #150078
   * A patch from Sam Vilain <> to debconf.8 documents ways of
     using debconf in clusters and large installations. Closes: #150206, I

debconf (1.1.11) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed warnings if a question was displayed, then unregistered, then
     debconf tries to set its seen flag. Triggered by packages that ask a
     question and then purge in their postrm.

debconf (1.1.10) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed nasty uninitalized values from DirTree driver.

debconf (1.1.9) unstable; urgency=low

   * French po update from Martin Quinson <>.

debconf (1.1.8) unstable; urgency=low

   * Have Debconf::Log override die and print a stack trace.
   * Denis Barbier sent in a nice patch to clean up gettext strings. Thanks!

debconf (1.1.7) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-reconfigure now sets DEBCONF_RECONFIGURE=1 before running postinst
     scripts. A postinst with an expensive operation to avoid at
     reconfiguration time can look at this. This is a hack and we will
     eventually transition to passing "reconfigure" to postinst scripts;
     postinst scripts that use debconf are encouraged to begin accepting such a
     parameter already.

debconf (1.1.6) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed to pass the new extra type argiments to
     Question->new and Template->new. Thanks to the help of Pre and Cliph on
     irc. Closes: #147932
   * Don't run all the db mangling code in the whole postinst on fresh

debconf (1.1.5) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed something to do with propigation of template types through database
     stack driver into accept method when setting up a brand-new template with;
     clearly broken at version 1.1.0. Looks like I recoded it properly but forgot
     to delete the old code. Closes: #147576, #147684, #147620

debconf (1.1.4) unstable; urgency=low

   * Tighthened up the version number in the dbeconf-utils conflicts.
     Closes: #147490

debconf (1.1.3) unstable; urgency=low

   * Push 1.1 branch into unstable from experimental.

debconf (1.1.2) experimental; urgency=low

   * Really fixed apt.conf.d file.

debconf (1.1.1) experimental; urgency=low

   * debconf-mergetemplate will now only drop old templates if it is passed
     a --drop-old-templates parameter. The old waqy broke base-config's build,
     and might break anytime someone calls the program by hand in a weird way.
     I will turn this parameter on in dh_installdebconf though.
     Closes: #145436
   * Updated french po file.
   * Tomohiro KUBOTA <> sent in a new Japanese templates
   * Fixed apt.conf.d file.

debconf (1.1.0) experimental; urgency=low

   * NOT targeted at woody.
   * debconf-mergetemplate now drops out of date translations by default.
     The --outdated flag allows for the old behavior of keeping them.
     Closes: #131173
   * Added a "debconf" program, which runs a given program inside debconf
     without all the nasty hackiness that auto-debconf invocation entails.
     The future hope is that dpkg becomes smart enough to run postinst scripts
     that use debconf by means of this program. Closes: #75578, #119338
     This means a conflict with cdebconf.
   * This command is the best way to debug debconf-using scripts, you can run
     a command like debconf sh -x my-script. Documented that, Closes: #84864
   * And the debconf command has a --showold option. I added a DEBCONF_SHOWOLD
     variable for good measure. Closes: #130072
   * Split the configdb into two files, a password database and a database for
     all else. This allows normal users to query the debconf db for items that
     are not passwords, which should be generally useful. The immediate
     application is a bug report plugin that includes debconf-show output..
   * The configdb split will happen automatically on systems with an unmodified
     debconf.conf. Admins of systems with a modified debconf.conf will need to
     do it manually, if it is done at all.
   * I had to move debconf-copydb into the main debconf package, since it is
     used to do the db split.
   * Make failure to open a database cause the init method to abort, even if
     the db is not required. Cuts down on ugly messages.
   * Fixed accept method to look up the real template of a question instead of
     assuming that there will be a template by the same name as the question.
   * I had to add a third parameter to Debconf::Question->new to make
     accept/rejecttype really work right. And similar to all the addowner
     methods. And fixed a typo that had prevented it from working at all.
   * Added a DEBCONF_NOWARNINGS environment variable. Amoung other things this
     can be used to turn off the frontend fallback messages. Closes: #103288
   * Have debconf-show open the db readonly, so it will not contend for locks.
   * Put debconf-show in /usr/bin/.
   * Turned on comment stripping of some more files.
   * Now supports escaped substitution variables in templates, do it like
     "\${foo}", and "${foo}" will be displayed. Closes: #122818
   * Made the dialog frontend smarter about exceedingly wide select and
     multiselect choices. Closes: #129224
   * Using upper-case in the value of DEBIAN_FRONTEND is deprecated, and
     debconf now warns when it detects this if DEBCONF_DEBUG is set to
     developer. Closes: #131800
   * Do not skip displaying multiselect questions that have only one choice;
     the user still needs to choose between one and none. Closes: #139489
   * Don't load Getopt::Long unless there are options to process in
   * A multiselect question, once displayed, gets its value set to the selected
     choices, in the same order as those choices appear in its Choices field.
     Previously, the order had been undefined. Closes: #129768, #135961
   * Warn when an unknown field is found in a template. Closes: #131227
   * Stronger reccommendation of libterm-readline-gnu-perl in documentation.
     Closes: #136284
   * Settled on one email address.
   * Some s/Syntax:/Usage:/
   * Patch from Manuel Estrada Sainz <> to let debconf-copydb
     filter by owner. Closes: #136488
   * Uses debhelper v4.

debconf (1.0.33) unstable; urgency=low

   * Made more robust in the face of really screwed up db's.
   * Updated debconf schema using OID numbers allocated under
     enterprise.Debian.package.debconf by Wichert.
   * Fixed ancient program name in old tutorual. Closes: #141904
   * Fixed some typos and crazy man escapage in debconf.devel(8),
     Closes: #140991

debconf (1.0.32) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a bug in the Stack driver's iterator, needed by FAI.
     Thanks to Joerg Lehmann <> for the patch.
   * Typo and spelling corrections (did not change verbiage to verbage however;
     I do not intend that connotation). Closes: #131807
   * Added --force to dpkg-reconfigure.
   * Fixed typo in debconf.conf. Closes: #140085

debconf (1.0.31) unstable; urgency=low

   * Versioned conflicts with debconf-tiny, see #137019
   * Corrected some wording in the German translation. Closes: #137005
   * Removed translated default fields in the Russian template (don't do that,

debconf (1.0.30) unstable; urgency=low

   * Matthew Palmer <> contributed a LDAP backend
     database for debconf. This will open up all kinds of new possiilities
     for using debconf in a cluster, etc. It is currently experimental, and
     will not be used unless you enable it; so there is no chance this new
     code will impact the freeze.
   * Wrote debconf-devel(8) man page, which attempts to be a complete
     reference for developing packages that use debconf. Read it.
   * Fixed the doc-base name of the debconf tutorial.
   * Minor change to debconf-mergetemplate man page synopsis.
   * Refuse to use the dialog frontend if the screen is too small,
     it'll fall back to the text frontend which will work on screens
     down to about 2 lines of 20 characters each. Closes: #132972
   * Fixed typo, Closes: #134161
   * Patch from Denis Barbier <> to make debconf-getlang
     work better with ll_LL form languages. Closes: #134307
   * Display choices for boolean questions in the editor frontend,
     Closes: #135078
   * Improved the section in the tutorial on translations. Patch from Denis
     Barbier. Closes: #96836
   * Added a new Russian template from Ilgiz Kalmetev, Closes: #135839

debconf (1.0.26) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed uninitialized value warning in Teletype frontend.
     Actually, this was a bug that did not let it display only one column on
     choices when necessary; triggered by quake2-data.
   * Incuded a short README.Debian for debconf-utils, Closes: #129541
   * Made the README point to all the main docs for users and developers.
     Closes: #129545
   * Deregister SIGPIPE handler after confmodule finishes, so it is not called
     after the object is gone. Closes: #129463
   * Chomp whitespace at the end of field continuation lines; this fixes a
     bug that caused some indented lines to be accidentially wrapped up to
     the previous line.
   * Stop using funky grave quotes in this package's templates.
   * Updated Spanish template. Closes: #128838
   * Updated Catalan.
   * Added German po file, updated templates.
   * Killed the following overly-outdated translated templates: pl, ru,
     zh_CN, zh_TW, nl, ja, it.
   * fi and gl have one fuzzy translation each, and all the rest are fine.
   * Corrected incorrect indents in a number of translated templates, sigh.
   * debconf(8) tweak, Closes: #130348

debconf (1.0.25) unstable; urgency=medium

   * The "bite the bullet" release.
   * Enhanced to detect and deal with every debconf db corruption
     scenario that has been reported to me. Run it on upgrade from versions
     prior to this one. I suspect that all instances of inconsistent and
     corrupt debconf db's are due to past bugs in debconf and especially the
     transition from the crufty old data::dumper db, and the "fix" for the
     missing template problem, plus possibly some unclean shutdown problems.
     So fix them all now, and either the problems go away for good or I prove
     my theories wrong if they pop back up later.
   * Closes: #128707, #128265, #99786

debconf (1.0.24) unstable; urgency=low

   * Reverted the $Text::Wrap::break change from the last version, as that was
     making Text::Wrap eliminate multiple \n's, which leads to display
     problems. Closes: #128034


debconf (1.0.23) unstable; urgency=low

   * Delete vanishing extended descriptions when merging templates.
     Closes: #126239
   * Set $Text::Wrap::break=q/\s+/ everywhere I use Text::Wrap,
     see bug #126202
   * zh_TW.Big5.po update

debconf (1.0.22) unstable; urgency=HIGH

   * I've had a number of reports of truncated templates files (that make
     debconf crash later). Some if not all are related to system hangs while
     an upgrade is in progress. Since debconf is already very careful to do
     updates atomically, nearly the only safety feature left is to sync files
     after writing them, which I have now done for all db file writes. My
     hypothesis is that the atomicity was being thwarted by disk caching.
     Closes: #122891, #112921, #122825, #112921 (??)
   * Directory DbDriver was unlocking the db too early, fixed.
   * ConfModule: on startup(), automatically CLEAR. Closes: #122176
   * Fixed crash if a question is INPUT, UNREGISTERed, and then we GO.
     Closes: #120303
   * Updated fr.po from Martin Quinson <>
   * Also a patch from Martin to make 'make check' in po output stats.

debconf (1.0.21) unstable; urgency=high

   * High urgency upload to get this into testing before the freeze, as it
     fixes a bug that can cripple upgrades from stable.
   * Conflict with whiptail << 0.50.17-7, as some version between that one and
     the 0.50-7 in stable changes something that is required to make the
     fix I put in for values starting with dashes work. Closes: #122182
   * Added a number of Brazilian Portuguese man pages.
     Closes: #122011, #122012, #122017, #122018, #122019, #122026, #122028
     Closes: #122027, #121982, #122001
   * Updated Swedish translation.

debconf (1.0.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * Documented that debconf-getlang runs descriptions through a word-wrapper.
     Closes: #97049
   * When parsing a template description, if there is a " \n", don't turn that
     into "  " when collapsing newlines, and instead go with just a single
   * From Federico Di Gregorio <>, a patch to the Gtk frontend
     that makes it more usable with packages with a large multiselect widget,
     or with lots of concurent questions. The main change is that the window
     now scrolls. Closes: #113801
   * Federico also sent a patch that moves widgets in the gtk frontend around
     for better cosmetics.
   * Added a debconf.8 man page translated to pt_BR by Andre Luis Lopes
     <>, Closes: #121155

debconf (1.0.19) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated pt_BR debconf translation thanks to Gustavo Noronha Silva and
     #debian-br. Closes: #119029
   * Added several pointers to the debconf specification. Closes: #119340
   * Minor spelling corrections to man page. Closes: #119843

debconf (1.0.18) unstable; urgency=low

   * Another French update.
   * Danish translation by Morten Brix Pedersen <>
   * frontend: don't glob unnecessarily, Closes: #117077
   * Michel Dänzer <> figured out how to turn off the gnome
     session manager warnings. Closes: #116087
   * Turns out that the gnome frontend ARGV stomping was not being backed out
     if gtk failed to init due to a bad DISPLAY. Fixed that, which probably
     Closes: #118513

debconf (1.0.17) unstable; urgency=low

   * Reworded the 'not preconfiguring' method, since it seems to confuse
   * Updated French translation, except for the above change.

debconf (1.0.16) unstable; urgency=low

   * Typo, Closes: #116275
   * Added dashsep support for password and text elements in the dialog
     frontend. Closes: #116642

debconf (1.0.15) unstable; urgency=low

   * Frontend::Gnome: erase @ARGV before calling Gnome->init, since that
     blasted subroutine parses @ARGV, and throws untrappable exceptions if it
     sees an argument it doesn't know about. This makes tzsetup -y work with
     the gnome frontend.
   * Appled patch to japanese templates to work around the multibyte "word"
     wrapping bug. Closes: #115314

debconf (1.0.13) unstable; urgency=medium

   * Fixed inverted test added in last version. Aargh. This mistake means that
     any package with doubly-indented debconf descriptions built with debconf
     1.0.12 needs to be rebuilt, or the description will look nasty.
   * Dialog frontend fixups:
     - changed the spacer value for dialog to 0, instead of 4, which seems ok
       and fixes some bad displays, like 1 line tall select lists.

debconf (1.0.12) unstable; urgency=low

   * Modified the template parser just a bit, to not add a blank line
     before any template data if a template's extended description began with
     a doubly-indented line. Closes: #114708

debconf (1.0.11) unstable; urgency=low

   * Whoops, I forgot that Frontend::makeelement could be used as a class
     method! This release fixes the scary, harmless, warning messages.

debconf (1.0.10) unstable; urgency=medium

   * The "did someone mention a freeze?" release.
   * Added 'Teletype' frontend, which should work on any teletype, no matter
     how primative (yeah, even the ones with paper in them, or the one on
     the s/390, or what you get when you ssh -T).
   * Renamed the Text frontend to Readline, which better reflects what it's
     all about. Of course, it's now derived from Teletype. And of course
     I did this in a way that won't break anything that still tries to use a
     frontend called Text..
   * Added the elementtype field to FrontEnd, which lets closely related
     frontends share elements without a lot of trouble; Readline uses this.
   * Fixed a bug in the dialog frontend that made it display the same
     infobox multiple times sometimes (with very short screens).
   * Renamed Tty to ScreenSize to release confusion, and removed the
     </dev/tty thing I put in long ago, since dpkg-preconfigure reopens
     the tty, which should work around that ancient problem.
   * Editor frontend will now work on terminals w/o a controlling tty, since
     at least vim (and probably most vi's, and ed too of course!) do work ok
     on such a terminal.
   * Fixed Directory DbDriver to call SUPER on shutdown, which is necessary
     to save out the cache. I broke that in 1.0.02, and that's why this
     upload is medium urgency. Closes: #113913

debconf (1.0.03) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected multiselect text frontend help line to make sense in terse
     mode. This involved removing any mention of numbers or letters.
     Closes: #113416, #113414
   * Quick and dirty gnome multiselect scrolling patch from Federico Di
     Gregorio <>. Still looking for a better fix.

debconf (1.0.02) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed overoptimization in File DbDriver that made it not unlock the
     file if the db was saved and there were no changes to save. This was
     breaking dpkg-reconfgigure of non-debconf packages. Closes: #113140
   * Implemented savedb menthod in the Directory driver (just unlocks the
     database), which is needed to make dpkg-reconfigure of
     non-debconfiscated stuff work.
   * Renamed savedb to shutdown, which more clearly indicates what that
     method is supposed to do.
   * pt_BR updates. Closes: #112336

debconf (1.0.01) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfigure: deal with horrendous numbers of packages
     Closes: #110894
   * Make SIGWINCH handler deal with being called in the middle of global
     destuction (not as bad as it sounds..). Closes: #111149
   * Minor French update, Finnish update Closes: #110897, and Galician

debconf (1.0.00) unstable; urgency=low

   * Let's call it 1.0, folks!
   * This leaves the following big things for later:
     - a better confmodule interface that doesn't eat stdin/out
     - container template types
     - select list with explainations
     - a textual replacement for the dialog frontend that is just as
       easy to use, and sucks less
     - better developer's documentation
     - regression tests
     - everything else in the TODO file
   * I mention a dialog frontend replacement that does not suck. The slang
     frontend was intended to be just that, but it is a failure, with big
     problems like unscrollable extended descriptions, UI clunkiness, etc.
     Nobody wants to fix these issues, and so the best thing to do is remove
     it, before a lot of people begin to use it.
     Closes: #66170, #81344, #96302, #74722, #77085, #101643
   * Removing the slang frontend also involved:
     - getting rid of debconf/helpvisible, which was only used by it
     - modifiying the debconf/frontend's template description, thus making
       all the translatione be out of date again, right as I release 1.0.
       Bleh. I was able to clean up the french template, but all the other
       translations of that template were too out of date to live, so I
       removed it from them. I am accepting updated translations, and I would
       love to get a 1.1 release out with fully up-to-date translations of
     - doc updates
     - libterm-stool-perl will be removed, so removed relations to it
     - ensuring an upgrade path, if not a very clean one, for people who had
       it set to use the slang frontend. You'll get dialog now, and just
       ignore that nasty set of perl errors you get while upgrading to this
       version, I can't do anything about it w/o some nasty hacking.
   * Jordi Mallach <> quickly updated the Spanish translaton
     and added Catalan as well.
   * Allow notes to be saved from the gnome frontend even if they have
     already been seen. Closes: #110510

debconf (0.9.97) unstable; urgency=low

   * French update from Martin Quinson <>.

debconf (0.9.96) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed note mailed message so it doesn't hardcode where it is mailed to.
     Closes: #108287
   * Updated the zh_TW.Big5 translation.

debconf (0.9.95) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed an overloaded field problem in the Backup DbDriver.
   * Fixed the InFd field of the Pipe DbDriver so it actually works, and
     it may now be set to "none" to stop it from reading a db on startup.
     This allows use of stuff like this, to get a partial debconf db dump,
     which developers may find useful when getting info on bugs:
       debconf-copydb configdb out -c Name:out -c Driver:Pipe \
                                   -c InFd:none --pattern='^slrn/'

debconf (0.9.94) unstable; urgency=low

   * New logo from Jared Johnson <>, quite nice too.

debconf (0.9.93) unstable; urgency=low

   * Complete zh_TW.Big5 translation from "Hin-lik Hung, Shell"
   * html2text fixed, revert workaround

debconf (0.9.92) unstable; urgency=low

   * Worked around html2text bug (broken stdin handling) to make
     tutorial.txt not be empty.

debconf (0.9.91) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added debian logo for gnome frontend. It looks like crap, but at least
     the frontend runs now. Anyone want to come up with a version of the
     debian logo that looks good on a blue background (or come up with a new
     color scheme for this frontend -- if you know how to make a gnome driud
     use some color other than white for the foreground title color ), is
     the right size (64x64 I think), and doesn't eat 200+ colors?
   * Other gnome frontend fixups:
     - Fixed help dialog; run_and_close doesn't work, so first run and then
     - Gnome elements are now responsible for packing in the label and help
       buttons. This makes it cleaner for text and notes to not include help
       buttons, and it lets booleans not pack in a label. Instead, the
       checkbox itself has the text of the question after it, which is much
       nicer. Also, text type questions are displayed as unadorned labels,
       which is the Right Thing.
     - Make the overall window title be "Debconf", while the druid title
     - Fixed multiselect questions so the defaults are auto-selected.
     - Removed sigsegv handler thing. It seems to not be needed any more?

debconf (0.9.90) unstable; urgency=low

   * Merged in Progeny's gnome frontend.
   * Lots of code changes to this frontend, to bring it current from debconf
     0.3, fix tab damage, not break perl object abstractions, add some docs,
     remove dead code, and so forth. Mostly untested, probably quite a few
     bugs introduced here, but they'll just affect this frontend, so I don't
     feel _too_ bad about slipping it in so near to freeze.
   * In the gnome (well, gtk) sucks department, why does the thing throw an
     untrappable exception if the DISPLAY can't be connected to? Myopic. I
     added a nasty hack to fork an entire process that just checks to see if
     gnome is going to make debconf blow up when init'ed, or if it'll work.

debconf (0.9.81) unstable; urgency=low

   * Made frontend fallback messages less likely to generate FRNBs
     (Frequently-Reported Non-Bugs).

debconf (0.9.80) unstable; urgency=medium

   * Looks like new shared templates have been ignored ever since 0.9.10!
     Symtoms that installed a second package that shared a template
     with an already installed first did not add the second owner to the
     list of owners. It's possible that this was also responsible for
     sporadic reports of db corruption; the question that should belong
     to a template going away when the only recorded other owner was purged.
   * Added a call in the postinst to a program to clean up after this

debconf (0.9.79) unstable; urgency=low

   * Cute, debconf was ignoring fsets of seen of questions that were asked
     previously in the same session. Overagressive caching. Closes: #104490

debconf (0.9.78) unstable; urgency=low

   * Allow for spaces and options in $EDITOR. Closes: #104445

debconf (0.9.77) unstable; urgency=low

   * Expanded debconf.8 to include most of the text of the debconf user's
     guide, and removed the user's guide. Added some additional docs to the
     man page.
   * Register the debconf tutorial with doc-base. Closes: #103973
   * No longer shipping the introduction, though it's still in the source
     for historical interest.

debconf (0.9.76) unstable; urgency=low

   * Don't use double dashes for dialog, though they are needed for
     whiptail. Gag. Closes: #103867

debconf (0.9.75) unstable; urgency=low

   * Put back debconf/helpvisible question, and made the slang frontend
     toggle it again. This makes changes to the slang frontend help visiable
     status made by hitting the button persistant again.
   * In terse mode, default help to not visible no matter what the
     helpvisible setting.
   * Closes: #103621

debconf (0.9.74) unstable; urgency=low

   * Introducing terse mode. You know what you're doing, and so you're using
     the text frontend (of course!) as you do a remote upgrade from rexx over
     a 30 hop, 95% packet loss link to another continent. Every byte hurts.
     You don't need all those touchy-feely verbose help screens. Terse mode is
     for you. (Well, for me anyway. Damn this wireless link.)
        # dpkg-reconfigure debconf --terse
        What interface should be used for configuring packages? Text
        Ignore questions with a priority less than.. low
        Show all old questions again and again? no
   * Added DEBCONF_TERSE variable.
   * Added terse support to text frontend.
   * Renamed debconf/helpvisible to debconf/terse.
   * Terse can be configured in debconfrc and with --terse too.
   * Finally tracked down the mysterious text frontend title printing bug --
     it happened if nothing was displayed, but a note was mailed.
   * Updated korean translation from Eungkyu Song <>
     Closes: #103260
   * Added brazillian portuguese po file from Gustavo Noronha Silva
     <>, Closes: #103253

debconf (0.9.73) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added debconf-show, which displays all questinos belonging to a
     package, their values, and indicates if they have been seen or not, all
     in a compact format handy for bug reports. Now why didn't I think of
     this before?
   * To keep the bit scales balanced, removed an unused template.

debconf (0.9.72) unstable; urgency=low

   * Dropped libterm-stool-perl down to a suggests.

debconf (0.9.71) unstable; urgency=HIGH

   * No changes. Testing has debconf 0.9.41, which breaks under perl 5.6.1.
     5.6.1 just went into testing. This needs to go in ASAP.
   * aj, if you see this, this is your cue to slam this package into testing
     without any delay at all.

debconf (0.9.70) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed pod2man silly man page header issue. Closes: #101766

debconf (0.9.69) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix doc link, Closes: #101114

debconf (0.9.68) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed the last known bug in the text frontend, cleaned up TODO.

debconf (0.9.67) unstable; urgency=low

   * Let's make the templates cache mode 644. There's nothing sentative in
     there. (Modified the debconf.conf file.)
   * Convert Mode field to octal on the fly to precent confusion.
   * Spell checked debconf.conf.5. Along the way, I discovered that a field
     name in the debconf db was mispelled. So, "Extention" should really be
     "Extension". Update your debconf.conf. Since this is not used in the
     stock config file, and I've never seen it used, I did just rename the
     field, breaking backwards compatability.

debconf (0.9.66) unstable; urgency=low

   * Prevent Editor::Note's from feeding undef values into the db,
     Closes: #100776

debconf (0.9.65) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed unsupported command message to include the syntax error code.
   * Also, include full line in the error message, may make debugging easier.

debconf (0.9.64) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated the user's guide frontend section.

debconf (0.9.63) unstable; urgency=low

   * Man page section fixes, Closes: #100076
   * Noted in description of shell library that yes, the protocol commands
     are lower-cased (it already explained about the db_ prefixing).
     Closes: #100276
   * Text frontend UI changes: select and multiselect lists no longer have
     lettered choices. Instead, it uses numbers, and any unique anchored
     substring of a choice is understood, too. The old system was great,
     except when it sucked. This should scale more evenly.
   * Added full completion to the text frontend! Now it really is the best
     frontend, for sure..
   * French po file update from Martin Quinson <>.
   * Fixed an obscure bug that made the REGISTER command fail if the owner
     was set to "" (or any other perlwise-false string).

debconf (0.9.62) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated Korean translation (templates, not po file) from Eungkyu Song
     <>, Closes: #99034

debconf (0.9.61) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added some space after prompts in text frontend, which seems to
     visually set off each new question more clearly.
   * Made the text frontend's long-broken shutdown() method work, to
     always ensure you have hit enter at a prompt if a message is printed
     out as the last part of a debconf run. After trying that out for a bit,
     I found I hated it, so I removed the method.
   * Put a blank line between short description and long description for
   * In template parsing, don't add leading spaces before new paragraphs.
     (This was manifesting as an ugly one-space indent on paragraphs 2 and
     on, in the text frontend.)

debconf (0.9.60) unstable; urgency=low

   * Make dpkg-preconfigure read all of its input in --apt mode, even if it
     cannot preconfigure, so apt doesn't think it failed. However, this will
     only work in normal operation, and things might break in exceptional
     circumstances. I think this is a bug in apt.

debconf (0.9.59) unstable; urgency=low

   * Now that perl-base has Getopt::Long, I can get rid of the handrolled
     option parsing code in most every debconf utility, saving quite some
     LOC's. Even better, I was able to set up some global options for many
     utilities, so -f, --frontend, -p, and --priority are standard. And all
     the programs handle -h and --help too. More global options will likely
   * Fixed dpkg-reconfigure --all.

debconf (0.9.58) unstable; urgency=low

   * Modified Template->clearall() to actually remove fields, rather
     than just setting them to ''. The old behavior broke badly if a
     localized Choices field was "cleared" -- debconf would then refuse to
     display that question in that locale, since there were no choices to
     choose from. Closes: #95487
   * To make that fix possible, I had to add yet another function to the
     DbDriver interface, removefield().

debconf (0.9.57) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed all the lvalue stuff. Not used (I hope!), breaks under perl

debconf (0.9.56) unstable; urgency=low

   * The POSIX_ME_HARDER release.
   * confmodule: more shell fun and games. Should now deal with spaces at
     the end of protocol lines. I will not go into the gory details, but it
     is disgusting. Closes: #91229 (RC)
   * support a tab as the delimiter between numeric and
     textual return codes.

debconf (0.9.55) unstable; urgency=low

   * A typo in debconf-getlang was making it incorrectly mark some things as
     fuzzy. Fumitoshi UKAI pointed out the fix, Closes: #97475
   * Some Spanish updates by Carlos Valdivia Yagüe.

debconf (0.9.54) unstable; urgency=low

   * Modified extended description parsing to not stick a space at the end
     of every paragraph, Closes: #97002
   * Made template parsing less strict, allowing there to be no space after
     the colon. You should not do that though, except perhaps if the field
     value is blank. Closes: #97060

debconf (0.9.53) unstable; urgency=low

   * In the dialog frontend, add a -- before the items in a select or
     multiselect list when running dialog. This allows the items to start
     with dashes..

debconf (0.9.52) unstable; urgency=low

   * Dialog is the default frontend for new installs again, since slang
     still need work, and cannot work on the base system anyway.
     Closes: #96381
   * DEBCONF_ADMIN_EMAIL can be used to change where debconf mails notes and
     stuff to, overriding whatever is in the config file. Note that it may
     be set to "" to disable mails. Closes: #95956

debconf (0.9.51) unstable; urgency=low

   * Changed to converting html with html2text, which does better than

debconf (0.9.50) unstable; urgency=low

   * Remove /var/lib/debconf on upgrade. Nothing uses it anymore,
     and it contains some large old database files, and on most systems,
     a large amount of cruft (temporary files, editor backup files, backups
     of the db, sockets, the list goes on and on).
   * Expunged all remaining traces of the directory from debconf and its

debconf (0.9.41) unstable; urgency=low

   * Correcgted bashism in docs, Closes: #96139

debconf (0.9.40) unstable; urgency=high

   * Fixed a bug in dpkg-reconfigure that made reconfiguring base-config
     fail half way through because of db lock contention problems. Db->save
     was not causing the db to shut down all the way, because
     %DbDriver::drivers still had a reference to it. That should be a
     WeakRef, but WeakRef's arn't available in base, so I had to solve it
     differently: I redefined savedb() to also close the db, dropping all
     locks. Closes: #95449 (The high urgency is because this breaks new
     installs of woody..)
   * Also fixed dpkg-reconfigure to re-load the db properly after all this
   * Fixed an overoptimization in the Text Dialog input Element that caused
     it to default inconsistently to yes or no the first time, and y or n

debconf (0.9.39) unstable; urgency=low

   * Changed the debug and log stuff in debconf.conf and removed log-to.
     This will break any debconf.conf files which used that stuff, but I'm
     proably the only one. The new scheme is more realistic -- you can have
     debconf always log a given thing, while turning on debugging of other
     things temporarily on the fly.

debconf (0.9.38) unstable; urgency=low

   * debconf-doc moved to section doc, Closes: #94840

debconf (0.9.37) unstable; urgency=low

   * The "timezone bingo" release.
   * Made syslog logging work with syslogd in its default configuration,
     which only listens to the unix domain socket, not inet.
   * If any of the syslog stuff fails, catch the exception and don't
     log anything (think single user mode). I thought about falling back to
     stderr logging, but if you log to syslog you probably don't want the
     log info scrawled accross the console during routine single user mode

debconf (0.9.36) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed variable expansion problem if a variable existed twice in the
     same line. It was caused by $2 getting clobbered. Closes: #94395

debconf (0.9.35) unstable; urgency=low

   * Closes: #93493

debconf (0.9.34) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed undefined values with log_to.

debconf (0.9.33) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated to important priority since some important priority stuff uses

debconf (0.9.32) unstable; urgency=low

   * The config file can have a Debug: line that is the same as always
     setting DEBCONF_DEBUG. The config file can also be used to redirect
     debug output to the syslog.

debconf (0.9.31) unstable; urgency=low

   * debconf-mergetemplates: ignore locale settings, as they should not take
     effect for this program. Closes: #91860

debconf (0.9.30) unstable; urgency=low

   * Jacobo Tarrio <> contributed a Galician translation,
     bringing the number of languages supported up to 15.

debconf (0.9.29) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added Brazilian Portuguese translation by "Gustavo Noronha Silva (KoV)"
     <>, Closes: #90864

debconf (0.9.28) unstable; urgency=high

   * The "bugger testing" release.
   * Uploaded with high urgency because I am SICK AND TIRED of getting
     2 bugs a day from people who have downgraded to the ancient debconf in
     testing and broken their systems, the 2 other bugs a day from people
     who panic at the sight of a perl -w message, and the 3 or 4 messages a
     day on -user from people who are experiencing other, tangential

debconf (0.9.27) unstable; urgency=low

   * Moved config file reading into Debconf::Config. This let me easily add
     support for configuring more things in the config file. You can specify
     a frontend or a priority in there with more to come soon.
   * Config file can also be used to set Admin-Email, which defaults to
     root, but can redirect mail to anyone. Also, this can be used to
     turn off mail entirely. Closes: #70677
   * Made dpkg-preconfigure print usage if called incorrectly, instead of
     a screen of crazed messages.
   * Tightened up protocol parsing.

debconf (0.9.26) unstable; urgency=low

   * Completed and updated Finnish translation by Jaakko Kangasharju
   * Added code in the postinst to delete any files that inexplicably linger
     in /usr/lib/perl5/Debconf/, since since files break the current debconf
     badly. I don't know why two people have reported files there; it's
     either user error or some crazy dpkg bug. Closes: #89471
   * Check to make sure a template has owners besides just existing before
     returning it in Template->new. This should not be necessary, but
     it fixes a problem with the templates db sometimes having templates
     that lack any owners. I hypothesize that the problem was caused by
     one of the early 0.9x releases, but I cannot reproduce it, so this will
     have to do for a workaround. Closes: #89155

debconf (0.9.25) unstable; urgency=low

   * Branden is able to trigger the most obscure cases. :-)
     Fixed a bug where a question was unregistered and removed, then
     the confmodule tried to access the question again in the same run, and
     Debconf::Question has a question object by that name cached, so it used
     it, and the results were ugly. The fix is simple: when a question is
     unregistered, remove the object from the cache. Closes: #89262

debconf (0.9.24) unstable; urgency=low

   * Changed how I disable echo in password prompts in the text frontend.
     For all readline libraries except ReadLine::Perl, I just use stty
     -echo. That doesn't work for ReadLine::Perl, so I had to read the line
     myself in that case. What a PITA. Closes: #89324
   * Fixed dialog frontend to display cancel button when backing up is
     enabled. Closes: #89364

debconf (0.9.23) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfigure: fixed problem with it trying to run an unlinked
     config file if there was a template parse error (triggered by tgif).

debconf (0.9.22) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added Debug driver and simplified some other debug output.
   * Added Pipe db driver. If Craig really wants, he can use this to do
     exactly what he was complaining that debconf could not do. I think,
     though, that there are really better ways of accomplishing the same thing.
   * Added versioning to some 'use base'es, to detect people who have an old floating around somewhere. See bug #89050

debconf (0.9.21) unstable; urgency=low

   * Simplified the functions generated by /usr/share/debconf/confmodule
     by using read -r a b instead of doing the set -- split thing.
   * Sanitize IFS in there, so things like cvs's config script that mangle
     it will not produce unexpected results. Closes: #88830

debconf (0.9.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed stacks so shadowing actually works and non-topmost items can be
     seen (stupid thinko). Also improved debug output. I now have some
     satellite systems that are successfully using a master debconf db for
     defaults, with local modifications stored locally (using icky nfs as
     the transport though), so stacks are useful, but still experimental.

debconf (0.9.19) unstable; urgency=low

   * Made read /usr/share/debconf/debconf.conf if no other config file
     is found, so it will have sensible defaults in two situations:
      1) user decides to delete file in /etc
      2) upgrade from pre-conffile version, and debconf is asked to do
         something before it is configured
     Closes: #88840

debconf (0.9.18) unstable; urgency=low

   * Renamed Copy driver to Backup, and renamed its fields too -- if you
     have used it already, take note!
   * Some internal restructuring of db driver classes.
   * Added debconf-copydb, the all-singing all dancing db conversion,
     excerpting, and copying tool, to debconf-utils.
   * Backups of File db's can be turned off.

debconf (0.9.17) unstable; urgency=low

   * Made dpkg-preconfigure drop a user-level debug item including the name
     of the package and its version as the package is preconfigured.
     Closes: #88855

debconf (0.9.16) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated to fix skipping of items with no owner.
     Closes: #88820
   * Documented in the user's guide that it needs apt-utils 0.5 or above for
     preconfiguration (really later, since that is currently broken in
     apt..) Closes: #88705
   * Made apt-extracttemplates be less scary if apt-utils is not installed.
     We really need a better solution here, I think..
   * Updated french translation from Martin Quinson <>

debconf (0.9.15) unstable; urgency=low

   * Made the File DbDriver keep a backup file in -old, and
     greatly increased the robustness of its writes. Closes: #88804
   * Increased the robustness of the writes done by the directory driver
     too, though it doesn't keep backups.
   * For general backup purposes, introduced a new metadriver called
     Copy, which does all reads and writes to one driver, while sending
     a copy of all writes to another driver.

debconf (0.9.14) unstable; urgency=low

   * Resetting the value of a question that had no default stuffed an undef
     into the cache dbdriver, which made the 822 formatter warn of
     uninitialized values. Fixed by making template field accesses always
     return a defined value, even if the field isn't present. Closes: #88751
   * Fixed some exporter problems.
   * Removed bogus preconfig template item (again..).
   * Moved dirty flag out into its own hash, so items in the cache can be
     marked dirty and removed at the same time. This should really fix
     unregistration of items. I had been meaning to do this last week, but
     it seems I forgot.
   * Actually enabled the optimization of not saving flatfile db if no
     changes were made, and made it not save deleted items.

debconf (0.9.13) unstable; urgency=low

   * Modified the transition script to detect corrupt old databases that
     have some questions with undefined templates. Those are just skipped,
     and it prints out a warning. I've only had one report of this problem
     so far. Closes: #88731
   * Strip the transition script.

debconf (0.9.12) unstable; urgency=low

   * I think the haikus are over. :-)
   * Renamed apt.conf.d file to 70debconf.

debconf (0.9.11) unstable; urgency=low

   * Workaround a bug
     that showed up in fresh installs
     or ancient upgrades.			Closes: #88682, #88676
     The fix is simple:
     just don't abort if it fails
     to unregister.

debconf (0.9.10) unstable; urgency=low

   * Though I waited long --
     twelve days -- I must upload now.
     (And thus, miss testing.)
   * The long overdue
     backend database is here:
     the missing quarter.			Closes: #50437
     And so the version
     approaches 1.0 -- joy!
     Though more work awaits.
   * Db setup lore
     is in debconf.conf(5)
     in debconf-doc.
     You'll find it's layered;
     quite a flexible design
     (many thanks, Wichert).
     Users can setup
     their own debconf db's or
     use the global one.
     (If, that is, they choose
     to use the DirTree driver
     for the global store.)			Closes: #81574
   * To make this work, though,
     debconf must conflict with old
     cdebconf versions.
     The ones that themselves
     used /etc/debconf.conf
     as their config file.
   * And I had to write
     some transition code, too (bleagh),
     to reformat stuff.
     This should work better
     than past conversions, I hope.
     Still needs testing, though.
     So, it won't delete
     the old database files yet,
     'till I'm sure that's safe.
     Anyhow, reports
     of trouble in past upgrades
     are now obsolete.				Closes: #80940, #88256
     (Report new bugs though,
     if you must. I don't mind (much).
     Just don't send dups, please.)
   * All of debconf's code
     does sane temp file opens now:
     no more cruft in var.
   * The interface to
     has utterly changed.
   * I updated the
     Dutch translation (or rather,
     some Dutch guy did -- thanks).		Closes: #87493
     Other translations
     are probably outdated
     after these changes.
     Come to think of it,
     the Dutch one may be too; it's
     a week or two old.
   * Debconf must always
     be usable, so I made
     it pre-dep on perl.
   * The new db code
     fixes a db reload
     bug in -reconfigure.			Closes: #85873
   * Some bugs are fixed in
     the preconfigure program
     by this upload too:
     Overfiend, it makes
     two passes now, so scary
     shared templates will work.
   * Besides these changes,
     some mods to support the new
     apt slipped in somehow:
     is used rather than munging
     apt.conf by hand.
   * I gladly removed
     apt-extracttemplates: moved
     to apt-utils.
     requires that package now
     be installed, to work.
     A Reccommends is
     present in debconf, but, <sigh>,
     apt will ignore it.
     So you might have to
     install apt-utils by hand
     to get it working.
     On the plus side, though --
     porters everywhere rejoice --
     debconf is arch all!
     So maybe it'll
     get into testing one day,
     not many weeks hence.
   * And I think that's all
     the changes of note in this
     release of debconf.
     I'll stop sitting here
     in the dark counting fingers,
     and zinc off to bed.

debconf (0.5.64) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated to new perl policy.

debconf (0.5.63) unstable; urgency=low

   * debconf-communicate now accepts piped input, or you can just run
     it and talk with debconf on the fly over stdin.
   * use debhelper v3.

debconf (0.5.62) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fix compilation with apt 0.4. Closes: #86417

debconf (0.5.61) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed outdated test of $@ from element creation code.

debconf (0.5.60) unstable; urgency=low

   * Dutch templates file from "Thomas J. Zeeman" <>,
     Closes: #85549
   * Added code to support foolish downgrades to really old and crufty
     versions of debconf. Closes: #85124

debconf (0.5.59) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added half a Finnish translation (the templates half), by Jaakko
     Kangasharju <>, Closes: #85199
   * More unremarkable changes here and there.

debconf (0.5.58) unstable; urgency=low

   * Italian template update.

debconf (0.5.57) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected an off-by-one in FSET arg checking,  Closes: #84792

debconf (0.5.56) unstable; urgency=low

   * Another french po file update.

debconf (0.5.55) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated Franch translation from Martin Quinson
   * debconf-getlang now preserves fuzzy translations accross multiple runs,
     if a new translation is not put in. I also had to rename the -OLD
     fields to -fuzzy.

debconf (0.5.54) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a couple of memory leaks that the absurd bug in magicfilter
     exposes. Closes: #84211

debconf (0.5.53) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated the Swedish translation.
   * Made debconf-getlang more or less ignore whitespace as a factor
     in fuzzy translations.
   * Now you have to list the files to look at in stats mode too,
     seems hardcoding the lookup wasn't such a good idea.
   * Removed the -q flag, just use --stats instead.
   * Added Korean translation from Eungkyu Song <>

debconf (0.5.52) unstable; urgency=low

   * Now that policy includes the debconf spec, I have removed the spec
     from this source tree and debconf-doc. Since the version in policy is
     canoical, I have removed the spec from cvs too. It will remain in the
     Attic for historical purposes. I do still include a copy of the priority
     table so it can go in the user's guide, and debconf-doc now suggests

debconf (0.5.51) unstable; urgency=low

   * debconf-getlang supports detection of fuzzy translations now,
     and can display translation stats for a package too. See man page.
   * Added dialog frontend back to template description for now.
     Closes: #83670

debconf (0.5.50) unstable; urgency=low

   * Changes to do with -ll_LL field localizations. These should actually
     work now.
   * Suddenly I have to hardcode the docbook xml version in DOCTYPE. Very

debconf (0.5.49) unstable; urgency=low

   * Clean up after bogus foo/bar template I accidentially released.
   * Added German template translation by Michael Bramer <>,
     Closes: #82914

debconf (0.5.48) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected overrides disparities.

debconf (0.5.47) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfigure: Split on any whitespace, Closes: #82579
   * po/Makefile is now smart about msgmerge just updating datestamps,
     and doesn't let such trivial changes be checked into cvs.

debconf (0.5.46) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfigure: don't split on apt-extractemplates output on
     ' ', use \s

debconf (0.5.45) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed type that broke slang note elements, Closes: #81869

debconf (0.5.44) unstable; urgency=low

   * Modified slang frontend to not instantiate Term::Stool widgets until
     the GO command. This allows for thinge like:
       db_set foo yes; db_input priority foo || db_set foo no
   * All other frontends should already handle this just fine.

debconf (0.5.43) unstable; urgency=low

   * Modified shell confmodule to use read -r, so if \ characters are
     read in, it will not interpret them. That was causing mangled password
     entry problems in base-config, Closes: #77920. It could also cause
     random hangs if the data was just right..

debconf (0.5.42) unstable; urgency=low

   * apt-extracttemplates null pointer checking, Closes: #77787

debconf (0.5.41) unstable; urgency=low

   * Modified a few places in the tutorial to refer to essential packages,
     not the base system. Closes: #81350

debconf (0.5.40) unstable; urgency=low

   * Build-depends perl-5.6-base, Closes: #81328

debconf (0.5.39) unstable; urgency=low

   * To keep debconf out of testing for nother two weeks, I fixed a bug
     involving truncation of excessively-long short descriptions in the
     slang frontend. Closes: #80163


debconf (0.5.38) unstable; urgency=low

   * I guess perl is fixed now, so I can remove the bogus dependancy.
     Thanks, bod!

debconf (0.5.37) unstable; urgency=low

   * Aw hell, that won't work; too many things still depend on old versions
     of perl.

debconf (0.5.36) unstable; urgency=low

   * The "I didn't get a fixed perl for $MAJOR_WINTER_HOLIDAY" release.
   * Conflicts with every perl-*-base package before perl-5.6-base, because
     perl's alternatives system has been known to make /usr/bin/perl point
     at some old version of perl, even though debconf depends on 5.6, which
     breaks things pretty badly.

debconf (0.5.35) unstable; urgency=low

   * Both dialog and whiptail now support --nocancel, which the dialog
     frontend will use now if a cancel button is not appropriate.
     Closes: #67419
   * Reluctantly brought back a temoporary dependancy on perl-5.6 until
     it gets it act in order. Closes: #79571 (Debian cannot be released
     while debconf has this bogus dependancy.)

debconf (0.5.34) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed umask-related build problem, Closes: #78453

debconf (0.5.33) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed screen refresh forcing in the slang frontend, it makes
     it look like crap and if someone writes to the screen, that is their
     problem, not mine.
   * Corrected recently introduced resizing bug in slang frontend.

debconf (0.5.32) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed bogus perl-5.6 dependancy, now that perl is fixed.
   * Now that is in perl-5.6-base, I no longer need to do hackery in
     my Makefile to avoid using that module. Got rid of it, and versioned
     dep on perl-5.6-base.

debconf (0.5.31) unstable; urgency=low

   * Put README.translators in debconf-doc.
   * Finally broke in and implemented multiselect support for the slang
     frontend. Closes: #65782, #67242, #67340, #71095, #78571
   * That was harer than it seems, I had to change Slang Elements to hold
     groups of widgets, and support that everywhere. I also found it best to
     move all the wiget positioning code into Elements from the frontend.

debconf (0.5.30) unstable; urgency=low

   * Modified tutorial, Closes: #78537

debconf (0.5.29) unstable; urgency=low

   * Two chinese translations of the templates file (zh_CN, zh_TW), from

debconf (0.5.28) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed test from dpkg-reconfigure for .config script. The test
     shouldn't be necessary; postinst scripts _should_ be idempotent.

debconf (0.5.27) unstable; urgency=low

   * If debconf is run without a controling tty..
     - TERM will not be defined. This breaks the dialog frontend (which is
       broken pretty badly by the lack of a tty too ;-), so detect
       lack of TERM and refuse to use that frontend.
     - Same for slang frontend.
     - Lack of a controlling tty messes with the Text frontend,
       though it still half-way works in some circumstances.
       I've made its parent, the Tty frontend, detect this and bail.
     - That also affected the Editor frontend (which could perhaps work in
       this situation, but only if you use an X based editor, and tough
       luck then).
     ... so in conculsion, if you do this, you'll probably get the
     Noninteractive frontend. Woe on you if you're upgrading ssh and it
     clobbers PermitRootLogin. :-(
   * Tagged all frontend fallback messages for i18n.

debconf (0.5.26) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected uninitialized value leading to looping bahavior in text
     frontend, Closes: 77923

debconf (0.5.25) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-reconfigure: Wait until after loading db before doing frontend
     fix up. Closes: #77847

debconf (0.5.24) unstable; urgency=low

   * Typo.

debconf (0.5.23) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed noninteractive note element to not let the shell get its grubby
     little hands on unvalidated input, which was making it puke.
     Closes: #77589 and a whole raft of other bugs filed against X which we
     will be merging to it. Special thanks to Ingo Saitz for providing many
     debug logs, and the person I've forgot who should delete my debug
     account from their box now.

debconf (0.5.22) unstable; urgency=low

   * Temporarily depends on perl-5.6 until perl-5.6-base is fixed so works without the former package installed. Grrre.
     Closes: #77399, #77397 (really perl's bugs, but it has enough open on
     this issue already).

debconf (0.5.21) unstable; urgency=low

   * The stuff the postinst adds to apt.conf now doesn't return a error
     code and make the apt run fail even if peices of the system like perl
     are broken, as they are now for so many people. I had held off on this
     change for a long time, but enough is enough.
   * Also some not-yet-ready copletion stuff in the text frontend.

debconf (0.5.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * The text frontend now supports backing up! It's now probably the
     most usable of all debconf frontends, if you're comfortable at the
     command line. Give it a try! (Tab completion is on the horizon, too.)
   * A pretty painful reorganization of how all Elements return and validate
     values -- at least it's consistent now.
   * Probability I broke something this time: 76.51%

debconf (0.5.01) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added something to the help to make select widgets more obvious.
   * Fixed sizing of select widgets.

debconf (0.5.00) unstable; urgency=low

   * Modified all the frontends to deal with this scenario:
         A config scripts asks questions a, b, and c. a and c are asked at
         priorities that make them visible, b is not. The user gets to c,
         and backs up.
     Previously, debconf would loop back to b, skip it again, and return the
     user to c. Now it is smart enough to go back to a once b is skipped.
   * Changed how debconf keeps track of what questions have been seen
     before. Now it tracks this info on a per confmodule basis, and when a
     confmodule terminates, sets the "seen" flag on (almost) all questions
     that were displayed. Questions that are shown multiple times during the
     same confmodule run will indeed appear multiple times[1]. This makes
     supporting backing up trivial; it means that people have no excuse to
     play around with the isdefault flag anymore, which they almost always
     got wrong anyway; and it renames that flag to the much clearer "seen".
   * It is possible that this change breaks confmodules that expect to be able
     to display the same question twice with impunity.
   * NOTE NOTE NOTE if you use this new behavior, make sure to depend on
     debconf (>= 0.5)!
   * The isdefault flag will continue to work, it is just mapped to the
     inverse of the "seen" flag now, and deprecated.
   * All the frontends were reworked to various degrees to make this work,
     and I got rid of a fair bit of redundant code too.
   * Modified debconf's own config script to use these features and sure
     enough, it looks quite clean and simple now.
   * Updated all docs.
   * Added nasty code to transition from the isdefault flag to the new flag.
   * Fixed backup in dialog frontend, 255 == -1
   * Just to make life more interesting, I made debconf depend on perl 5.6;
     which allows me to remove all my crud working around bugs in perl
     5.005, and lets me use lots of nifty 5.6-specific features, but not,
     sadly, lvalues.
   * Probability of all this breaking something: 99.99%
   [1] Unless they are to be displayed in the same block.

debconf (0.4.11) unstable; urgency=low

   * Swedish translation from peter karlsson <>

debconf (0.4.10) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected man page location, Closes: #76747

debconf (0.4.09) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected italian choices list to include translation of "critical".
     I don't see any problems in the other translations. (No, there is no
     automated check yet.) Closes: #75312
   * Slang frontend now forces a refresh each time. It pains me to do this,
     but it prevents screen corruption if something is output in between.
     Closes: #72891
   * Wrote a debconf.8 man page, Closes: #58287 It's very tiny right now;
     I'd sorta like to convert the docbook userguide.xml and use it as the
     man page, but I cannot figure out docbook2man. Help!
   * Closes: #76273, this bug is only in a not really released version.
   * Randolph updated apt-extracttemplates to build with the new apt. I
     have converted that to use ifdefs so it should build with both.
   * Added a hostname to the mails sent out by the noninteractive frontend,
     as admins may have multiple hosts configured to sent mail with the same
     hostname. Closes: #76653 Also reformatted the messages some for clarity
     and conciseness.

debconf (0.4.08) unstable; urgency=low

   * Randolph updated apt-extracttemplates to use the new libapt.

debconf (0.4.07) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a subtle bug in the slang frontend. This bug made noninteractive
     elements not be "shown" ever, so they didn't send mail. It also made
     noninteractive select elements get "" shoved into them whenever they
     were INPUT, which messed up some things like progeny's postfix package.

debconf (0.4.06) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added a check to the metaget command to make sure the requested field

debconf (0.4.05) unstable; urgency=low

   * Ignore any number of leading and trailing newlines around templates,
     since the spec doesn't really say There Must Be Only One, and it can be
     useful to have more. Closes: #75420

debconf (0.4.04) unstable; urgency=low

   * confmodule: Properly quote arguments to frontend, just in case.
     Closes: #74827
   * debconf-loadtemplates was totally hosed. It forgot to load the db up,
     and so it wiped it all out when it saved it! Fixed, Closes: #74826
   * Added basic syntax checking and usage to debconf-getlang (and
     debconf-loadtemplate too). Closes: #74825

debconf (0.4.03) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a typo in the preinst.
     Closes: #75318, #66484, #75322, #75328, #75339, #75341, #75319, #75367,
     #75399 (and probably a bunch more, but they're merged anyway). Actually
     tested this time, and it actually works.
   * Patch from bod to wrapper.

debconf (0.4.02) unstable; urgency=low

   * Bod rewrite the ConfModule wrapper. Now should handle errors properly.

debconf (0.4.01) unstable; urgency=low

   * Moved over to a hopefully more robust check in the preinst to see if
     the database needs to be converted, after receiving two reports that
     the current check is not always firing. Closes: #75240
   * Patch from Martin Quinson <> to po/Makefile, adding
     stuff for translators. It automatically merges the new debconf.pot
     with .po files, and outputs stats on how up-to-date the translation is.
   * Seems that the Debian::DebConf::Client::ConfModule stub from bod
     isn't good enough. :-( The problem is code that calls stuff like
     Debian::DebConf::Client::ConfModule::title directly. Ugh. Added an AUTOLOAD
     with a nasty eval to deal with this. Closes: #75239
   * Fixed an uninitialized value if a boolean item has no default. Bleagh.

debconf (0.4.00) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed recursive build-dependancy on debconf-utils. There were two
     ways to do this, the quick hack way and the move lots of directories in
     cvs way. I took the latter.
   * While I was reorganizing EVERYTHING, I renamed all the perl modules,
     what was Debian::DebConf::foo is now Debconf::foo.
     Debian::DebConf::Client::ConfModule is now just Debconf::ConfModule, but
     a stub module exists in the old location for backwards compatability
     (thanks, bod).
   * If you use the new module, you should depend on this version of
   * This hacking also required some ugly ugly hacking of the debconf
     database. Debconf needs a real database. :-(
   * I guess this means the filename in all the .po files are wrong, bug
     since those filenames are in comments, the .po files should continue to
     work, right?
   * debconf-utils now depends on debconf >= 0.4, so it will continue to
   * Needless to say, this was a massive PITA all around. I've NEVER going
     to do this again, so I hope I got it right.
   * For a short while, I considered using MakeMaker. That is, until I
     noticed MakeMaker had no way of marking scripts for install into
     /usr/sbin, and after not one but two perl gods advised me using it for
     anything more cpmplex than a simple library package was not a good
     idea. People have asked me to use MakeMaker in the past, and it's just
     not going to happen unless you send me a very nice patch.

debconf (0.3.83) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed CVS dirs that snuck into the binary debs.

debconf (0.3.82) unstable; urgency=low

   * French templates and po file from
     Martin Quinson <> (shrug ;-)
   * Added some useful info to Template parse exceptions.

debconf (0.3.81) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added Spanish templates file from Enrique Zanardi <>.

debconf (0.3.80) unstable; urgency=low

   * Japanese now fully up to date thanks to Keita Maehara <>
     Closes: #72697

debconf (0.3.79) unstable; urgency=low

   * Copyright change: debconf is now licensed under the terms of the BSD
     copyright, minus the advertising clause. I have contacted all
     contributors and they agree with this license change. This also changes
     the license of the Configuration Management spec. The sole exception to
     this change is some libapt code in Client/preconfigure that is part of
     the /usr/lib/debconf/apt-extracttemplates binary. That code remains
     under the GPL, as it is part of libapt. It will hopefully be moved back
     into libapt one day. apt-extracttemplates is not necessary for the
     proper functioning of debconf; it is just a binary used in an
   * Motivations for this change were various. I want programs to be able to
     use debconf even if they are not licensed under the GPL, and it could
     be argued debconf serves as a library (with varying degrees of
     correctness depending which part you were talking about). I would like
     debconf to be available to others, including the BSD community, some of
     whom I know are looking at issues that could possibly be solved by
   * Several reogranaizations for this. Deleted doc/COPYING. Added a README.
     Included the text of the copyright into debian/copyright, since it is a
     slightly modified BSD license (minus point 3). Modified numerous files
     for the new copyright. Removed Client/preconfigure/README, and included
     the text that was in it (expended) indo debian/copyright. Added
     doc/COPYING to Client/preconfigure/ (how many copies of the GPL do
     _you_ have in your cvs repository? ;-) Caused debian/copyright to be
     linked to doc/COPYRIGHT in the source tarball.

debconf (0.3.78) unstable; urgency=low

   * Let's just say that you really don't want to install version 0.3.77.
     I'll probably get oh, 15 bug reports on this one. :-(

debconf (0.3.77) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated templates.ja from Keita Maehara <>. Still
     out of date, though. Closes: #71937

debconf (0.3.76) unstable; urgency=low

   * Whoops, let's not install cvs .#* files into the binary package or
     generate POD docs for them, shall we?

debconf (0.3.75) unstable; urgency=low

   * Reworded and reformatted some of Debconf's questions. Translations:
     not yet up to date.

debconf (0.3.74) unstable; urgency=low

   * Sometimes you put in something to be helpful, and it comes back to bite
     you in a major way. Say you add some code to /usr/share/debconf/confmodule
     to allow broken postinst scripts that use debconf to still echo stuff to
     stdout and not have it go to debconf. Then you find that this hack makes
     legitimate code that uses the confmodule and uses the perl ConfModule
     library nested inside, not work. So your choices are to add a further
     hack to the perl ConfModule, or end all these hacks and do things
     cleanly. Unfortunatly, several packages have come to depend on the hack.
     What do you do?
   * Well I chickened out and hacked Client::ConfModule. But I have added an
     entry to the TODO, and if you have a broken debconf-using package,
     expect a bug report soon.
   * Some copyright file cleanups.

debconf (0.3.73) unstable; urgency=low

   * My night for stupid debconf bugs. It turns out that the
     string element in the dialog frontend was causinng the
     default from the template to be used if the a text input
     line was returned empty. Now "" is returned as it should
     be. I know one package bitten by this is cvs, in its
     repository directory selection question.

debconf (0.3.72) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a really stupid typo in the editor and text frontends
     that made them ignore the width of the screen.

debconf (0.3.70) unstable; urgency=low

   * Don't strip Client::ConfModule of pod docs.
   * Build depends on a links that support -dump. Don't know when this was
     added, so I'll just build-depend on the current version.

debconf (0.3.69) unstable; urgency=low

   * Questions w/o extended descriptions are a bad thing. The tutorial
     now speaks more strogly about this.
   * Added Spanish translation thanks to Enrique Zanardi <>.
     Only the .po file so far, not templates.

debconf (0.3.68) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected a title refresh bug in the slang frontend, Closes: #70693
   * Other minor fixes.

debconf (0.3.67) unstable; urgency=low

   * Spelling corrections from Sean, who should ispell the xml next time.
   * Killed an uninitialized value warning, Closes: #70508 (This one is
     tickled only by nasty packages like sslwrap that provide no extended
     descriptions to their questions. Evil.)
   * Fixed a debconf corrupted database crash. This is, I think, just
     another bit of fallout from the very old debconf db corruption problem
     (see changelog entry 0.3.19). Closes: #69781, #69582

debconf (0.3.66) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected the wrapping-of-bulleted-lists issue. It is now possible to
     have bulletted lists or other preformatted text in a templates file
     just like you would in a normal debian control file -- 2 space indent.
     Closes: #65518
   * This was too easy. Silly me.

debconf (0.3.65) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed preconfiguring -- since version 0.3.60, it has unnecessarily
     skipped preconfiguring of all packages that Depend: on debconf w/o a
     version. Silly thinko..

debconf (0.3.64) unstable; urgency=low

   * Switched to using links to convert html to text, since it
     a) handles tables ok
     b) doesn't omit link references
   * Long-overdue fix to the specification -- added the list of commands to
     it -- they were removed when it was converted to xml.

debconf (0.3.63) unstable; urgency=low

   * Make a nice non-scary message if Term::Stool is not installed and one
     tries to use the slang frontend. For some reason, normal perl cannot
     load lib messages seem to be scaring users to death. Closes: #68557
   * Fixed doc dir symlink, Closes: #68558

debconf (0.3.62) unstable; urgency=low

   * Reworked rules file, since this package now has arch-indep and -dep
     parts. Split build dependancies along those lines. Closes: #68461
   * Removed obsolete (Randolph's code does the checking now).

debconf (0.3.61) unstable; urgency=low

   * Passthrough fix. s/carp/croak/

debconf (0.3.60) unstable; urgency=low

   * So we (culus, tausq, joeyh) did some benchmarking, and figured out how
     to speed up dpkg-preconfigure by about 3x. It turns out most of the
     existing overhead was in calls to dpkg-deb, which is slow, and in all
     the forking necessary to do said calls, which is also slow. So we moved
     the initial package scanning out into a C++ program which links to apt
     code and is quite fast. (Sadly, it's also quite big, and has bloated
     debconf by 30k and made it arch-dependent.) Anyway, I guess it's worth
     it to save a few seconds. <shrug>
   * Some internal code reogranizations and function renames and stuff,
     to make things more flexable.
   * New Passthrough "frontend" to allow third-party GUI operation, by
     Randolph Chung. This is currently somewhat experimental.
   * Frontend fallback is now based on per-starting-frontend lists -- ie,
     slang can fallback to dialog while dialog falls back to slang, without
     an infinite loop being created. Closes: #68337
   * Capabilities fix: There was a problem if, eg, debconf and then cvs were
     configured. Debconf supports BACKUP, cvs does not, but the frontends
     were not informed of the change. Now they are, and the slang frontend
     properly dims out the back button in this situation.

debconf (0.3.53) unstable; urgency=low

   * Cleanups to the xml docs to use "question" consistently.
   * Fixed stupid tab expansion problem. It's really Text::Wraps' fault; bug

debconf (0.3.52) unstable; urgency=low

   * Since jade generates the ugliest html I have ever seen, I'm now
     using tidy to clean that up and indent it properly.

debconf (0.3.51) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed some undefined value warnings, Closes: 67029

debconf (0.3.50) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed FrontEnd::makeelement to not crash if a question has no
     associated template. This should never happen, but a very old version
     of debconf left behind databases with that problem. The fix is trivial:
     just use $question->type instead of $question->template->type. This has
     the exact same effect, with the side effect of catching undef'd
     templates and not crashing. It goes on to not make an element in that
     case, which is reasonable.

debconf (0.3.49) unstable; urgency=low

   * s/dpkg-getlang/debconf-getlang/ # Closes: #65918
   * Typo fix, Closes: #65919
   * More debug code added for bug #66484.
   * Added italian translation of templates file (po still needs to be
     translated), from Eugenia Franzoni <>

debconf (0.3.48) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added debug code to help track down bug #66484.

debconf (0.3.47) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added Japanese translation from Akira YOSHIYAMA <>

debconf (0.3.46) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed documentation of isdefault flag, which needs to be renamed.
     Cf, Bug #64374.

debconf (0.3.45) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected a bua in how text multiselect elements parsed input: A
     2-diget number would be incorrectly split into 2 numbers. Closes: #66195

debconf (0.3.44) unstable; urgency=low

   * Russian translation update.

debconf (0.3.43) unstable; urgency=low

   * Don't let the dialog frontend run with with TERM=dumb either.

debconf (0.3.42) unstable; urgency=low

   * Running debconf's dialog frontend inside an emacs shell buffer is a
     VERY bad idea. Dialog/whiptail tend to exit immediatly with an error
     message. Said error goes to stderr. Unfortunatly, the design of
     dialog/whiptail is such that you _read_ stderr to get the user's reply,
     and a return code of 1 is also not unusual. Thus, random garbage about
     emacs not being a suitable terminal gets fed into the debconf database.
     Yich. To prevent this nestiness, the dialog frontend will now refuse to
     run in an emacs shell buffer.

debconf (0.3.41) unstable; urgency=low

   * Some Polish translation fix of which I am ignorant.

debconf (0.3.40) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated Polish translation.
   * Fixed perl 5.6 specific error message.

debconf (0.3.39) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed slang hide/show help button to be wide enough for
     the currentl localization. Closes: #64752

debconf (0.3.38) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a minor bug in frontend -- notice when a template file has been
     successfully loaded, and don't keep trying to find it.
   * Applied the same fix to multiselect elements that I applied to select
     elements in the last version. I think using internationalized debconf
     should work pretty well now.
   * The editor frontend now asks that you separate chocies in multiselect
     questions with spaces and commas, so it will work if the choices
     contain spaces.

debconf (0.3.37) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added Russian translation, by Michael Sobolev <>
   * Added French translation, by Vincent Renardias <>
   * Now that I have real localizations to work with, I can find some
     related problems.
     - Fixed all select elements to translate back to C locale whatever is
       input into them. They had been storing it internally in the language
       that was being used, and passing those localized values to the
       config scripts that used them, which didn't exactly work very well..
     - Similarly, translate the default value, which is in the C locale, to
       the current locale before using it to prompt the user.
   * Made frontend fallback even more robust, mainly to deal with the results
     of the above mentioned select element nastiness.
   * Element::Editor::Select had the wrong parent; this is corrected.
   * Added a newline at the end of the files the editor frontend generates,
     since vim likes to see one there.
   * Failure to make an input element has been upgraded to be a warning
     message, instead of the debug message it was before. This should not
     happen in normal use, if it does, I want to know. (Of course, the slang
     frontend still has no multiselct elements, maybe this will remind me to
     fix that sometime..)
   * Fixed a nasty infinite recusion error in the web frontend, which
     actually works now.
   * Reworked the debconf debug mechanism. It now uses symbolic names for
     various types of debug messages, and DEBCONF_DEBUG specifies which
     types are shown. See the User's Guide for details.
   * Some reorganizations to the Tutorial; split out some big sections into
     entities to aid maintenance. Moved namespace.txt into the tutorial as
     an Appendix.

debconf (0.3.36) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed typo that broken the web frontend (#64474)

debconf (0.3.35) unstable; urgency=low

   * Updated and completed the Polish l10n thanks to Marcin Owsiany
   * Now build depends on the latest debhelper to automatically merge
     translated templates files.
   * Corrected stupid mistake I made when I added sprintf() calls. Now new
     Polish translation is fully functional.

debconf (0.3.34) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed minor bug in Template stringification.

debconf (0.3.33) unstable; urgency=low

   * Note to self: test before uploading

debconf (0.3.32) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a minor bug in debconf-getlang to do with when Default needs to
     be translated.

debconf (0.3.31) unstable; urgency=low

   * Jazzed up the Template class. It can now load in templates files and
     instantiate whole sets of templates on the fly. This is good because
     that code used to be in ConfigDb, which is the part of debconf that
     will probably go away eventually.
   * Templates can also strignify themselves now, which recreates a
     templates file entry. And there is a class method for stringifying a
     whole list of objects, which can recreate a whole templates file.
   * The above new functionality lets me use the Template class for
     something new: management of translated templates files. Added some new
     utilities to help with splitting and merging templates files for
     translation. The idea for these utilities came from Michael Sobolev
     <>. Thanks, Michael!
   * Added mentions of these utilities to the tutorial.
   * Broke off all the small and non-essential utilities into a new
     debconf-utils package. Developers and extreme power users may want it,
     others will not.
   * All the programs in debconf-utils now have names starting with
     "debconf-". This means dpkg-debconf has been renmaed (again) to
     debconf-communicate, and dpkg-loadtemplate has been renamed to
     debconf-loadtemplate. I hope these are the last name changes.
   * Used sprintf in all gettext() calls that have a parameter. This may
     have messed up the polish translation though.

debconf (0.3.30) unstable; urgency=low

   * gettextized the entire source tree, so it can now be translated. I used
     Locale::gettext for this, but since it is not in base, I have arranged
     for debconf to continue working if it is not found (just using the C
   * Added polish translation from Marcin Owsiany

debconf (0.3.24) unstable; urgency=low

   * Prompted priority to standard, since lynx depends on it. Closes: #63346

debconf (0.3.23) unstable; urgency=low

   * Don't use the 'lib' module in Client/frontend. Closes: #62629
   * Dpkg-preconfigure in apt mode bails if it is asked to scan just one
     package. Thete's no benefit to preconfiguration if you're just doing
     one, because apt is just going to install it immediatly anyway. This
     optimizes for the "apt-get install foo" case.

debconf (0.3.22) unstable; urgency=low

   * Catch undefined value returned if a package that is not installed is
     preconfigured, and use '' instead. This clears up the undefined value
     warning people have been seeing for months.
     Closes: #55498, #57792, #62263, #53657
   * Fixed for a while: Closes: #48816

debconf (0.3.21) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected bug in slang frontend -- if the last item in a dropdown
     select box was default, it was not highlighted as such correctly.
     Closes: #62021

debconf (0.3.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * debconf-doc conflicts with older versions of debconf that contained the
     manpages. Closes: #62030

debconf (0.3.19) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added crazy new frontend: it just makes a pseudo-config file, and
     pops up your favorite editor on it.
   * Killed question w/o template debug code, I'm reasonably sure the problem
     is just happenning to people who had a very old version of debconf, and
     that the problem is being corrected properly.
     Closes: #62004, #61970, #61947
   * Added debug code to try to track down the uninitialized value in
     confmodule startup/open2 bug.
   * Fixed a bug in the 'use base' expander that was causing multiple
     inheritance to turn into syntax errors.

debconf (0.3.18) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-reconfigure detects if your default frontend is Noninteractive,
     and uses Slang instead so you actually get to reconfigure the package.
     Closes: #57614

debconf (0.3.17) unstable; urgency=low

   * And this is an upload with the -doc package turned back on. Maybe one
     day a ftp admin will be kind enough to approve that new package..

debconf (0.3.16) unstable; urgency=low

   * This is a quick build w/o the -doc package, to allow debconf to get
     quickly through incoming without waiting for manual approval (I have
     some important bugs fixed in the many versions below that are stuck in

debconf (0.3.15) unstable; urgency=low

   * Don't crash if a question has no associated template. That should never
     happen, but I have one report of it happening. I suspect that some
     rather old version of debconf caused the problem. It's also possible
     that deleting the templates.db file might cause similar problems. I've
     made debconf ask for bug reports in this case, so I can gather more

debconf (0.3.14) unstable; urgency=low

   * Tightended up regexp that pareses Template: lines, so spaces are not
     allowed in the name of a template. As a side effect, this just ignores
     trailing space on all fields in a templates file. I hope this has no
     bad side effects..

debconf (0.3.13) unstable; urgency=low

   * Minor doc updates.
   * Fixed syntax error in Client::ConfModule, Closes: #61535

debconf (0.3.12) unstable; urgency=low

   * Used exported sub names in a few places I missed before.
   * Renamed AutoSelect::frontend and AutoSelect::confmodule to
     make_frontend and make_confmodule, and allow them to be exported

debconf (0.3.11) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added dpkg-debconf. This is a program that lets you send commands to
     debconf directly from the command line. Will probably be quite useful
     for debugging purposes. (We used to have something like this a long,
     long time ago, but I like this new design better.)

debconf (0.3.10) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added dpkg-loadtemplate, a simple program that loads templates into the
     debconf database. This is not intended to be used by debian packages,
     but can be useful for debugging purposes and for pre-seeding the
     database before installing a package.
   * Moved all external manpages for perl programs into POD format.
   * Updated all pod docs to fix formatting problems.
   * debconf-tiny is no more. Instead, we now have debconf and debconf-doc.
     This makes debconf proper be nearly as small as debconf-tiny used to be
     and gets rid of the set of problems associated with debconf-tiny.
   * This huge and unmanageable changelog is 20k compressed. To make debconf
     a reasonable size, I am only including the last 5 changelog entries in
     debconf; the rest go in -doc.
   * Several modules are now Exporters, and I use that where possible to
     reduce code size.
   * Strip all pod docs out of modules in binary package. Ugly, but saves a
     great deal of space.
   * Killed off the gtk frontend. The code has been rotting, and it just
     needs to be rewritten.
   * Changed the AutoSelect fallbacks around, most frontends now fall back
     to Slang.
   * Text frontend no longer always prompts for a Enter press at the end of
     a run.
   * Moved some doc files into doc/ in the source package.

debconf (0.3.01) unstable; urgency=low

   * AUTOLOAD function now creates field accessor functions on the fly.
     Slight speedup.
   * s/property/field/g

debconf (0.3.0) unstable; urgency=low

   * New custom slang frontend. Give it a try!
   * * warning * *
     This frontend does not yet support multiselect list boxes. So you might
     not see a very few questions that packages may ask if you use this
   * Build-depend on w3m, Closes: #60815
   * Added links in confmodule man page, Closes: #60780
   * Ignore backups if the client does not support them.
   * If asked to present the same question twice in a single block,
     skips the second occurrance.
   * Fairly large reorganization of code throughout debconf, and more
     internal module documentation.

debconf (0.2.107) unstable; urgency=low

   * Made noninteractive select elements smarter. If the value is set, but
     is set to something not on the list, disregard it and pick the first
     element from the list. This is actually an important bugfix; it's been
     causing problems with apt-setup in base-config, making be incorrectly picked as the default when users try
     to set up apt to use a country that just has one mirror on file.
   * Closes #60160 (important)

debconf (0.2.106) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added DEBIAN_PRIORITY for consitency.
   * Text frontend now prompts you to hit return if text has been displayed
     w/o a prompt. This is to prevent said text from running off the screen
     during a dpkg run. To make this work, I had to add a shutdown method to
     frontends, to be called before a frontend is destroyed.
   * Denastified the object property references all over. I just hope I didn't
     remove any direct accesses that were meant to be there (often a good
     way to introduce infinite loops, so use this version with care..)
   * Optimized the Text frontend's handling of resize events.
   * Fixed a compile error in the specification, and actually installs the
     spec's gif.

debconf (0.2.105) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed noninteractive note element to not mark the item as seen if
     /usr/bin/mail doesn't exist. (Oops)

debconf (0.2.104) unstable; urgency=low

   * Use fully-qualified path for dpkg-preconfigure in apt.conf,
     Closes: #58469

debconf (0.2.103) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed quite obsolete exim samples. I don't want to maintain samples
     anymore past those needed by the tutorial and a regression test script.
     There is quite enough real debconf code out there.

debconf (0.2.102) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected three ways badly written packages could make
     dpkg-preconfigure die:
      - They could try to ask questions that didn't exist.
      - They could try to ask questions using garbage priority values.
      - They could have garbage template files that lack required fields.
     All three are now handled sanely, and debconf even tells the client
     what stupid thing it has done in the first 2 cases. To make that work,
     I made FrontEnd::add much simpler, and moved a lot of the failure-prone
     code into Confmodule::command_input, and did some other
   * Checked and I don't think any more cases like this exist in debconf.
   * While I was at it, I shut up messages about failing to make
     noninteractive elements in debug 2 mode. A common FAQ causer.
   * Added a Debian.bugtemplate file, in an attempt to get people to report
     bugs that are actually useful. This is used by newer reportbug

debconf (0.2.101) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed another stupid typo, that messed up text select and multiselect
     elements sometimes.

debconf (0.2.100) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a stupid typo introduced last version.

debconf (0.2.99) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added --unseen-only switch to dpkg-reconfigure. This makes it only ask
     questions that have not been asked before. Closes: #59260

debconf (0.2.98) unstable; urgency=low

   * When debconf or debconf-tiny is purged, the database is not deleted if
     debconf or debconf-tiny is still installed. Closes: #59029

debconf (0.2.97) unstable; urgency=low

   * word-wrap all text that is mailed at 75 columns, Closes: #58911

debconf (0.2.96) unstable; urgency=low

   * Catch SIGPIPEs from confmodules and handle them. Closes: #58847, #58818

debconf (0.2.95) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-reconfigure: Now forces priority to low when reconfiguring
     packages. People have often complained that it should do this,
     so it does now. Added a swtich to disable this behavior, which should be
     used by eg, the boot floppies when it reconfigures base-config. Also,
     re-wrote the switch parsing to match how it's done in dpkg-preconfigure.
   * Removed lots of extortions to use -plow from docs.
   * Bother. is not in perl-base. Added nasty code to fix this when
     building debconf-tiny.

debconf (0.2.94) unstable; urgency=low

   * Copyright and url updates.
   * dpkg-reconfigure: don't run the postrm of the package. Doing so breaks
     things when for example, the package uses dpkg-divert and tries to
     remove diversions in the postrm. This cannot be an isolated problem
     either. This reverses the change made in version 0.2.52, which did not
     say why I added it in the first place.. (suspicion: non-idempotent
     postinst scripts may need the postrm to clean up after them before being
     called again. However, such scripts are broken.)
     Closes: #58527 (important bug)
   * no changes; Closes: #58495 (I'm not going to add 3 lines of code bloat
     to a package in base just to provide a marginally better error message.)
   * Added --help to dpkg-preconfigure and dpkg-reconfigure. Closes: #58496
   * Added more cautions about passwords to the tutorial.
   * Text mode [multi]select elements now display in multiple columns. This is
     experimental, and I don't know how it will interact with having support for
     descriptions associated with items in the selection list, which is a todo
   * Use w3m again to format docs (how'd I lose that?)

debconf (0.2.93) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed minor back problem in debconf's own config script, and some
     documentation fixes.

debconf (0.2.92) unstable; urgency=low

   * Important fix: don't accidentially delete Dialog/ from

debconf (0.2.91) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfigure: It turns out that the trick of reading from stdin
     until EOF, then reading more later only works if stdin is a tty. When it
     was running from apt, that wasn't so, and so it caused dialog to lock up,
     in a tight loop, unable to read keypresses from stdin. The fix is
     pretty simple; just open /dev/tty and connect STDIN to it after reading
     the filelist from apt. Closes: #56518, #57771 (important bugs).
   * Disabled dialog exclusion that was added in the last release.

debconf (0.2.90) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed dpkg-preconfigure to not use Getopt::Long, so it will work even on
     the base system it is now a part of.
   * As a workaround for the dialog lock problem (which seems to be a dialog
     bug), never use dialog for the text mode menus. Works around: #56518
     (grave), #57771 (important)

debconf (0.2.89) unstable; urgency=low

   * Use perl's "base" module throughout the code, cutting 2 lines from each
     module. Due to a bug in the module, I had to throw lots of "use"'s back
     in, in the case of child modules that had a name that just appeneded to
     the name of their parent. I have filed a perlbug about that
     (ID 20000212.001). These additions are marked "# perlbug" so I can grep
     them back out later.
   * Warning: I expect this release is very buggy. But that's why you're
     tracking unstable, right?

debconf (0.2.88) unstable; urgency=low

   * Add templates file, config script, postinst, and posrtm to debconf-tiny,
     so debconf/priority actually exists. This is necessary so base-config
     can change the priority if the boot-floppies were installed in verbose or
     quiet mode. This is a critical bugfix, as it fixes a bug that made newly
     installed systems unusable.
   * Added dpkg-preconfigure to debconf-tiny, since this:
     a) lets debconf-tiny use debconf's postinst unchanged
     b) is useful in general to have in debconf-tiny
   * Several k of bloat. Oh well..

debconf (0.2.87) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected 2 typos, Closes: #57605
   * Closes: #57607 -- already fixed.

debconf (0.2.86) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a typo I introduced earlier today.

debconf (0.2.85) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed some uninitialized values related to multiselct questions with no

debconf (0.2.84) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added code to postinst to delete long-obsolete /etc/debconf.cfg

debconf (0.2.83) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-reconfigure: detect perl confmodules properly, by making my regexp
     match case in-sensitively. This fixes a bug that made dpkg-reconfigure
     not work at all to reconfigure packages that used
   * dpkg-reconfigure: assume all config scripts are confmodules, it would be
     pretty weird for one not to be, and this speeds things up a tiny bit.

debconf (0.2.82) unstable; urgency=low

   * Installed workaround from Joel Klecker to fix the annoying termcap
     warning from Term::Readline. This does not close these bugs, but it does
     work around them: #47363, #50286, #50540, #51787, #52052, #53274, #55142,
     #56987, and #46270

debconf (0.2.81) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added checks for wrong number of parameters in all command_* subs in If the check fails, error 20 is returned (syntax error).

debconf (0.2.80) frozen unstable; urgency=low

   * Adjusted debconf dependancy to perl-5.005, not perl5. As Raphael points
     out, just dependong on perl5 does not guarentee Data::Dumper is available.
     Raphael thinks this is a critical bug.
   * debconf-tiny's dependancy, on the other hand, was already ok.
   * Binary and source packages no longer contain CVS backup files,
     Closes: #55860

debconf (0.2.79) frozen unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-reconfigure: Now checks each script before running it
     to see if it is a confmodule, if not, runs it as a normal script,
     not under the confmodule interface. base-config shows this is necessary,
     with its non-confmodule postinst. This change is needed in frozen to
     keep base-config working.
   * Fixed debconf's oldest bug report, which turned out to be a bug in how
     IPC::Open3 was being called. It also turns out this bug is tickeled by
     base-config, since it will be reconfiguredd from inittab, so it turned out
     to be a critical bug. Closes: #47659
   * Documented (again) in dpkg-reconfigure.8 that
     "dpkg-reconfigure --priority=medium debconf" should be used to
     reconfigure debconf. Closes: #55706

debconf (0.2.78) frozen unstable; urgency=low

   * Woops, I forgot to let the CLEAR command be executed in any of the
     confmodule libraries!
   * base-config needs that command, so this must go to frozen.
   * Fixed an undefiend value warning in Element::Dialog::Password

debconf (0.2.77) frozen unstable; urgency=low

   * debconf proper depends on perl5 (not -base), because some utilities
     do use Getopt::Long. debconf-tiny continues to just depend on
     perl-5.005-base, because everything in it will work without debconf.
     Closes: #55381 (important)
   * Added --all option to dpkg-reconfigure, for use by the boot-floppies

debconf (0.2.76) frozen unstable; urgency=low

   * Re-enabled use of _ and . in template fields. Necessary for localaization.

debconf (0.2.75) frozen unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected a bug in noninteractive select elements. Amoung other things,
     this bug broke apt-setup in base-config (so it is a critical bug, yada,
     yada). I believe this also Closes: #55036

debconf (0.2.74) frozen unstable; urgency=low

   * I guess these changes are necessary to make debconf usable for people
     who use locales, so this should _probably_ go into frozen.
   * Switched over to using perl's setlocale() function to determine the
     current locale. This means that locale aliases work, and that users
     who have a locale like 'es_ES.ISO-8859-1' see all the es_ES messages.
   * Added one level of locale fallback: for example, it looks for 'es'
     messages too in the case above.

debconf (0.2.73) frozen unstable; urgency=low

   * Make dpkg-reconfigure work inside a base system that has no Getopt::Long.
     This is critical to get into potato, because base-config has to be
     dpkg-reconfigure'd on initial reboot to set the root password and so on.
   * Really make dialog frontend default. I thought I did this 8 versions
   * Medium priority is now default.
   * Probably fixed bug #55174, but who knows, I cannot reproduce it anyway.

debconf (0.2.72) unstable; urgency=low

   * Renamed dpkg-preconfig to dpkg-preconfigure, for consistency.
     Closes: #53893
   * Moved dpkg-preconfigure and dpkg-reconfigure to /usr/sbin.

debconf (0.2.71) unstable; urgency=low

   * Sped up and simplified language code.
   * Fixed dpkg-preconfigure to not re-show old questions when running in apt
     mode (oops!)

debconf (0.2.70) unstable; urgency=low

   * '_' and '.' can now appear in fields names in templates. Necessary for
     some localization.. If you use them in a field name, you had better
     depend on this version; earlier ones will die if they see such a thing.
   * Fixed a logic error that broke debconf if you had LC_ALL or LANG set,
     Closes: #54615, #54638, #54655

debconf (0.2.69) unstable; urgency=low

   * Debconf is not yet internationalized itself, but the data it reads in
     from templates now may be.
   * Documented what else I need to do toward i18n in the TODO.
   * Client::ConfModule detects newline in text it is going to send out,
     and warns about them. This after the pain of debugging what a spare \n
     can do to the protocol..

debconf (0.2.68) unstable; urgency=low

   * Documented DEBCONF_DEBUG, Closes: #54434
   * Don't show "none of the above" choice in text frontend's select element.
     It is only supposed to be in multiselect elements.
   * A few more bug reports that were fixed 2 versions ago should be closed.
     Closes: #54459, #54462, #54429, #54393, #54443, #54400

debconf (0.2.67) unstable; urgency=low

   * When the back button is hit, clear the buffer of all questions.
     Fixes some truely confusing behavior.

debconf (0.2.66) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed type that was making a sbin file, Closes: #0.2.65

debconf (0.2.65) unstable; urgency=low

   * Add dpkg-reconfigure to debconf-tiny.

debconf (0.2.64) unstable; urgency=low

   * Changed default frontend (again), back to the dialog frontend. I can't
     really make my mind up on this, but my reasoning for using dialog is that
     debconf-tiny is going to be used by several packages on a fresh install,
     so the user is going to see some debconf dialog stuff right from the
     start. Changing to text half-way through is liable to be confusing.

debconf (0.2.63) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed apt-setup; it is in base-config now.
   * Minor README change.
   * Now build-depends on sgml-data, to follow the bouncing xml.dcl.
   * In fact, I have to change things to use a new name and path for that
     file too.
   * Really fixed that typo.

debconf (0.2.62) unstable; urgency=low

   * Typo fix, Closes: #54205

debconf (0.2.61) unstable; urgency=low

   * When dpkg-preconfig is run from apt, it turns off showing of old
     questions. That remains turned off until all preconfiguration is complete.
     The effect is that you can now configure debconf to re-show old questions,
     and not have to suffer through seeing all the old questions twice. If
     you turned off showing of old questions because seeing questions twice was
     annoying, you may want to turn it back on now.

debconf (0.2.60) unstable; urgency=low

   * Client/frontend: the templates filename guessing has been a bit broken
     in one case. I've fixed that now, Closes: #53730. Happy GNU year!


debconf (0.2.59) unstable; urgency=low

   * Don't use lib. Closes: #53316

debconf (0.2.58) unstable; urgency=low

   * Now just depends on perl-5.005-base (of sufficiently recent version),
     since that package now contains everything I need. (Closes: #53186)
   * Client/frontend: Look for templates in /usr/share/debconf/templates/
     as well as the current directory. Useful for stadalone programs that
     use debconf.
   * Include apt-setup in debconf and debconf-tiny for now, since the base
     system needs them available now. This is not the right long-term
     location, though. Closes: #53187 (Adam, you want to run
     "/usr/sbin/apt-setup probe")

debconf (0.2.57) unstable; urgency=low

   * Tightened up the perl dependancies. I think the previous looser
     dependancies might have caused a problem.

debconf (0.2.56) unstable; urgency=low

   * Depend on the version of fileutils that supported
     --ignore-fail-on-non-empty, Closes: #52746 (should that bug really have
     been grave? It could only be triggered if you installed debconf w/o
     upgrading to potato fileutils, and then purged it.)
   * Despite what the bug report says, the postinst has never ran rmdir.

debconf (0.2.55) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added to the tutorial.

debconf (0.2.54) unstable; urgency=low

   * In the dialog frontend, do not pass the default password to dialog. This
     is a security hole, and besides it's very confusing since dialog doesn't
     display the passowrd, and the user might inaverdently append to it.

debconf (0.2.53) unstable; urgency=low

   * "Cancel" (or hitting escape) in the dialog frontend is now interpreted
     to mean back up a step. Not quite intuitive, but it is the bast thing I
     can do with a cancel button, and I need the ability to backup.
     Closes: #51887
   * Reworked how question values are set. This is now done in FrontEnd::go(),
     instead of in each Element's show() method.

debconf (0.2.52) unstable; urgency=low

   * Debconf install now asks if you want to preconfigure packages, and
     if you answer no, does not add/removes call to dpkg-preconfig in apt.conf.
   * Changed user's guide to match.
   * dpkg-reconfigure runs the postrm now. It's also substantially smaller.

debconf (0.2.51) unstable; urgency=low

   * Made noninteractive frontend really silent. Closes: #51952
   * Corrected debconf-tiny's conflicts.
   * Autoselect can now have loops in the frontends it tries, it is smart
     enough to break the loops. This lets the text frontend fallback to the
     Dialog frontend. Since that is the only frontend in debconf-tiny,
     this is required to make it use the dialog frontend.

debconf (0.2.50) unstable; urgency=low

   * Needs a versioned debhelper dependency.

debconf (0.2.49) unstable; urgency=low

   * Build-Depends on docbook-stylesheets, which are needed to make the xml
     docs be formatted decently.

debconf (0.2.48) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added comment to apt.conf that the line was added by debconf,
     Closes: #51720

debconf (0.2.47) unstable; urgency=low

   * Element/Dialog/ Fixed a thinko that is causing the warning
     messages reported in bug #51561.

debconf (0.2.46) unstable; urgency=low

   * Changed tutorial docs of version command. Clients are not stricly
     required to pass a version number into it.
   * Removed warning message if a client does not pass in a version,
     Closes: #51431
   * Added build dependancy info.

debconf (0.2.45) unstable; urgency=low

   * Discovered dialog's --separate-output parameter, and use it for
     multiselect boxes, since it simplfies parsing.

debconf (0.2.44) unstable; urgency=low

   * w3m -dump works again, so use it.

debconf (0.2.43) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfig: modified regexp to work under perl 5.004
     (Closes: #50854, #50880)

debconf (0.2.42) unstable; urgency=low

   * Improved abbreviation finding algorythm for text select elements.
   * Cleaned up the show method of Element::Text::Select.
   * Element::Text::MultiSelect can now inherit from Element::Text::Select,
     making it much shorter.

debconf (0.2.41) unstable; urgency=low

   * Changed how text frontend's select element indicates which choice is
     default. It can now indicate when numbers are the default. Closes: #50751
   * Detect if libterm-readline-*-perl is being used. If so, allow
     interactive editing of the default, since that is supported. If not,
     display the default as part of the prompt. This makes things more
     consistent overall.
   * Added 'none of the above' option to [multi]select elements, so if you
     don't have libterm-readline-*-perl, you can still override the default
     and choose nothing. Unfortunatly, I still don't see a way to do that with
     string input elements..
   * Since w3m is currently broken, dump pages with lynx for now.

debconf (0.2.40) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfig: Do a basic dependancy check before attempting to
     preconfigure a package. If the package depends on a newer version of
     debconf than is installed, do not preconfigure. (Closes: #50411, #50236)
     Should prevent any further breakages of the type we've seen before.
   * doc/tutorial.xml: If you use the multiselect data type, you should depend
     on debconf 0.2.26.
   * Added, to store the debconf version.

debconf (0.2.38) unstable; urgency=low

   * When processing what dialog returns after showing a multiselct, there
     may be trailing space after the last double quote. Nodified to handle
     that, Closes: #50471

debconf (0.2.37) unstable; urgency=low

   * Client/frontend: be less aggressive when trying to guess a template
     filename. Fixes sslwrap purge problem.

debconf (0.2.36) unstable; urgency=low

   * I've been persuaded that the Text frontend is the best default for
     new installs. This doesn't change the default for people who already
     have debconf installed.

debconf (0.2.35) unstable; urgency=low

   * Update database files atomically, should fix the isolated empty db files
     that have been reported twice now.

debconf (0.2.34) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed 3 bugs reports that will get filed in the next 36 hours. The
     debconf bug betting pool is now open -- how many times will this be
     reported now that it's been fixed? :-p
   * Specifically, now that ConfModule doesn't send a return code for STOP,
     frontends can't try to read such a return code, or they hang.

debconf (0.2.33) unstable; urgency=low

   * Debconf scripts now automatically load their templates when they are
     invoked manually, if the .templates file is present in the same directory.
   * This makes debconf-loadtemplate basically obsolete, so I have removed it.
   * This means there is no need for a special in the source package.
   * And this also means it's now a lot easier to debug config scripts before
     putting them in a package. Documented this in the tutorial.
   * Feh, I have to keep the debconf-tiny changelog in sync with this one,
     or the package version isn't updated. Debhelper is too smart for its
     own good. Hacked around it. (If other people have this problem, I can
     add a flag to debhelper to handle this better..)
   * Documented everywhere that when reconfiguring debconf, --priority=medium
     is a good idea. Closes: #50225

debconf (0.2.32) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added a debconf-tiny package, which is a very stripped down debconf to be
     used on the base system. Debconf itself is 117+k, mainly because of all
     the frontends and docs. To make debconf-tiny, I:
     - removed all docs
     - removed all frontends except dialog and noninteractive
     - removed most stuff in /usr/bin
     - stripped out all POD docs and regular comments from all perl modules
     - All this got the package down to 27k compressed. 14k compressed of that
       was this changelog (It's all the fault of long changelog entries like
       this one!)
     - So, I started a new changelog for debconf-tiny, in which I will record
       changes specific to it. debconf-tiny is now 12k.
   * Removed /etc from package.

debconf (0.2.31) unstable; urgency=low

   * Always returns "mulitselect" as one of it's capabilities now.
     This was added because people need a way for their packages, when
     preconfigured, to check to see if they have a new enough version of
     debconf to ask a multiselect question.
   * The better, long term fix is basic dependancy checking in
     dpkg-preconfig, and that is now the top of my todo list.

debconf (0.2.30) unstable; urgency=low

   * STOP cannot return a success code, since in all likelyhood, the pipe it
     would try to write it to is broken. (Closes: #49856, #49946)
   * debug messages are now prioritized, DEBCONF_DEBUG can be set to 1 to see
     some, 2 for more, etc.

debconf (0.2.29) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfig now clears it's progress meter when done, like apt
     does now.
   * Fixed a possible infinite recursion in the text frontend, if you
     use it on an absurdly small screen. (It tried to display the title,
     had to paginate it, went to display [More], and first decided
     to display the title...)
   * With doogie's help, simplified Client/confmodule a bit.

debconf (0.2.28) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added a Debconf user's guide.
   * Cleaned up the doc Makefile.

debconf (0.2.27) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected Client::ConfModule to return the right thing when one of its
     functions is called in scalar context. It was returning the result code
     by mistake, now it returns the value, like it is documented to do.

debconf (0.2.26) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added multiselect data type.
   * Wrote input elements for this type for all frontends except the Gtk
     frontend. The Gtk frontend needs a bit of a redesign before it can
     handle this, I think.
   * Made dpkg-preconfig properly accept -f and --frontend, Closes: #49920

debconf (0.2.25) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed gtk frontend from list of frontends. If you already have it
     selected, you can continue using it, but I'm sick of people filing bugs
     on it who didn't bother to read the note that said it had known problems
     and should not be used.
   * dpkg-reconfigure now doesn't do anything if it's told to reconfigure
     packages that lack a config script. This makes it not fail on packages
     that don't use debconf, though it is just a no-op with them.
     Closes: #48190

debconf (0.2.24) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed the stty error messages, and screen size detection should work
     again. For some reason I had to make stty use /dev/tty for stdin, plain
     default stdin doesn't work when dpkg-preconfig is being run by apt.
   * Change undefined values to '' when starting confmodules, Closes: #49797
   * Fixed web frontend to never display empty forms.

debconf (0.2.23) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added sane defaults if stty -a fails. (Closes: a whole slew of bug
     reports people will file over the next 2 days. :-P)

debconf (0.2.22) unstable; urgency=low

   * The noninteractive frontend now mails notes to root.
   * Reworked the mechanism that makes select questions always set
     their value when they are INPUT, even if they arn't really displayed,
     to be much cleaner: This is now handled by the noninteractive select
   * Reworked how Elements are created to use eval, which kills the
     duplicated makelement() code in all the FrontEnds.

debconf (0.2.21) unstable; urgency=low

   * frontend now works if run from something other than dpkg. Closes: #49449
   * Created a new Tty frontend to serve as a base class for Dialog and Text.
     It detects screen resizes. Made it the parent of Dialog and Text,
     and they now also detect screen resizes. Debconf in a 30x5 xterm is

debconf (0.2.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed the text frontend to not lower-case choices in a select list.
     (Closes: #49650)

debconf (0.2.19) unstable; urgency=low

   * People just don't seem to get it -- NEVER use dh_input in a postinst!
     Tightened up the language about that in the tutorial, and repeated my
     self in several places in the hope people will read at least one of them.
   * Eliminated use of Fcntl, one of the modules that made us depend on perl.
   * Deleted the copy of the spec that was local to this document. The
     configuration management spec is now available as an xml document, in
     Debian CVS. For convenience, debconf includes that document now.

debconf (0.2.18) unstable; urgency=low

   * Spelling fixes, Closes: #49587
   * Documented on each man page that talks about --frontend, how the
     frontend can be permanently changed. Closes: #49537
   * Don't crash if told to remove a nonexistant question.
   * Rationalized debug and warning message printing.

debconf (0.2.17) unstable; urgency=low

   * So it is possible to use debconf from the preinst of a package, after
     all. Added sundry nasty hacks to make it work. (Also talked with BenC
     and Wichert about doing this right in dpkg.)
   * When a package is installed for the first time, the config script now
     gets "" as its second parameter, as it should.
   * now just execs a frontend, instead of turning into one. Not
     quite as cool, but a lot easier to maintain.

debconf (0.2.16) unstable; urgency=low

   * Made frontend fallback message less scary.
   * Split the template data out of the main debconf database and into
     templates.db. This reduces the chances of it getting corrupted.

debconf (0.2.15) unstable; urgency=low

   * The last changelog lies: it's actually not possible to do any debconf
     stuff in a preinst. The templates arn't available then.
   * Documented this, until someone comes up with a workaround.

debconf (0.2.14) unstable; urgency=low

   * I found that the currently installed version of the package was being
     passed to the config script if the package was just installed with dpkg
     and not preconfiged. Fixed.
   * If a preinst sources confmodule, the config script will be run.
     Needed for packages like ssh that need to ask questions before install
     time always.

debconf (0.2.13) unstable; urgency=low

   * Patchs from Fumitoshi UKAI <> to:
      - fix typo that was breaking gtk frontend, Closes: #49074, #49076
      - call set_locale so gtk frontend can display text in any language,
        Closes: #49075

debconf (0.2.12) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfig is now more robust: If a config script fails, it
     outputs an error message, but continues so as much as possible of the
     install can still complete.

debconf (0.2.11) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed spelling error, Closes: #49032, which was filed on base for
     unfathomable reasons.

debconf (0.2.10) unstable; urgency=low

   * For some reason, jade was inserting '&#13;' into generated html, which
     looks nasty in w3m. Fixed that, and also use w3m to dump html to text
     now, so tables are legible.

debconf (0.2.9) unstable; urgency=low

   * Squashed a ConfModule startup warning.
   * Removed an implicit apt dependancy.
   * _Really_ fixed problem with newline after owner. Tested and retested
    this time. Closes: #48450

debconf (0.2.8) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed xml stylesheet to include legalnotice.
   * Fixed a stupid error that was making parameters never get passed into
     confmodules. Closes: #48824, #48853
   * Closes: 47458 (been fixed for a while)

debconf (0.2.7) unstable; urgency=low

   * Select Elements are not shown if they have less than 2 choices. However,
     for conistency, even if not shown, the value of the Question they represent
     is changed as if they were shown.

debconf (0.2.6) unstable; urgency=low

   * Expanded and fixed up the Debian::DebConf::Client::ConfModule.2pm
     man page. Closes: #48809
   * Moved that man page to man section 3. Closes: #48810
   * Corrected Question->value to return undef if there is no default set.
     This Closes: #48829, and is the right thing to do. It does, however,
     break slews of debconf code that never expected to get an undef there.
     So I dug around and fixed it all, I think.
   * Fixed entering of '0' into text box in dialog frontend, which was broken.

debconf (0.2.5) unstable; urgency=low

   * Removed stupid debugging code. (oops)

debconf (0.2.4) unstable; urgency=low

   * Just for Culus, sped up dpkg-preconfig by a factor of 3.

debconf (0.2.3) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed reentrancy bug again.

debconf (0.2.2) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected debconf upgrade problem. If an old version of debconf
     preconfig'd a newer version, the config script failed.

debconf (0.2.1) unstable; urgency=low

   * fixes I forgot in the last version.

debconf (0.2.0) unstable; urgency=low

   * Now uses version 2.0 of the configuration management protocol.
     - All commands in the protocol now return a numerical return code,
       optionally followed by a space and a text return code.
   * confmodule is a new shell library that handles this by making each
     command it provides now return the numerical return code. They continue
     to set $RET to the text return code. This means that you now have to
     check the return codes of those commands, or the set -e script you are
     running them in may exit if they return an error code.
   * is now deprecated, but remains for backwards compatability,
     and has special compatability code in it.
   * handles this by making each of its commands, when called
     in list contect, return a list consiting of the numeric return code, and
     the string return code. When called in scalar context, it behaves
     in a backwards compatable way.
   * Deprecated the VISIBLE command. Check to see if INPUT returns 30 instead.
   * Deprecated the EXIST command. Check for return code 10 from commands that
     try to use the question, instead.
   * The GO command no longer returns "back"; instead, it returns 30.
   * Documented all this.
   * Hey, a state machine is the way to go if you want to support back buttons!
     Converted the tutorial to reccommend this, and converted debconf's own
     config script into a state machine.
   * Used tables in several places in the tutorial where they make sense.
   * Split the actual working templates and code out of the tutorial, and put
     it in the samples direcotry. It is included inline so it is still
     available in the tutorial, but now I can also debug it and make sure it
   * Added the noninteractive frontend to the list of choices you get when
     configuring debconf.
   * If the text frontend fails (this can really happen, if you run debconf
     w/o a controlling tty in an autobuilder, say), falls back to the
     noninteractive frontend. (Closes: #48644)
   * The web frontend now only accepts connections from localhost.
   * The web and noninteractive frontends now print out text saying they are
   * If a frontend fails, the failure message is always printed, not just in
     debug mode.
   * Fixed checkboxes in the web frontend so if they are unchecked, this
     fact is noted.
   * Added debconf-loadtemplate to the .deb.

debconf (0.1.75) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed reentrancy problem.
   * Fixed a problem with empty text input fields in the Dialog frontend
     setting the value of the question back to default instead of to ''

debconf (0.1.74) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added a very important note to the tutorial.

debconf (0.1.73) unstable; urgency=low

   * In the dialog frontend, if a prompt is too big to fit on a dialog and
     has to be slit up, it will now display just the extended description
     in a dialog, and then display a new dialog with the short description
     and the actual input element in it. This is intended to reduce confusion
     when a user sees a question at the bottom of a dialog and an "Ok"
     button beneath it -- that won't happen any more, and I think it's
     ok to say this change Closes: #47644
   * Reduced the amount of code in Dialog Elments a lot.
   * Fixed yet another bug in dialog select box sizing. WIll they never end?
   * Dialog select boxes no longer have numbered items. Looks better.

debconf (0.1.72) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfig: fixed so it chomps the package name, to prevent ugliness
     like \n in the owners field. Closes: #48450

debconf (0.1.71) unstable; urgency=low

   * The dialog frontend can now use --passwordbox with both whiptail and
     dialog, so I made that change. (Closes: #47196)
   * Added a section to the tutorail on adding backup capabilities to config
     scripts. (Closes: #47676)

debconf (0.1.70) unstable; urgency=low

   * Some work done towards supporting containers.
   * Config scripts are now passed the version of the package that is currently
     installed when they are run, which is normally the old version of the
     package. (Analagous to postinst scripts.)

debconf (0.1.69) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed the web frontend to send a HTTP reponse header, patch from
     Fumitoshi UKAI <>, Closes: #47937

debconf (0.1.68) unstable; urgency=low

   * s/newbie/politically_correct_language()/eg;
     Closes: #47668
   * With regards to the second part of that bug report: critical is first on
     the list, and always has been, unless you are using the dialog frontend,
     where I have to do nasty re-ordering to make the default be first. If
     you want, file a seperate (wishlist) bug on this.

debconf (0.1.67) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a truely braindead problem in, which was breaking
     Select Elements a bit. (Closes: #47683)

debconf (0.1.66) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed typo in debconf template. (Closes: #47458)

debconf (0.1.65) unstable; urgency=low

   * Applied patch from Rafael Laboissiere to add an "exists" command.
     Be warned that this command is probably only temporary, I am looking
     for a better solution. (Closes: #46927)

debconf (0.1.64) unstable; urgency=low

   * Slighly better handing of select element in text frontend if it has more
     than 26 choices.

debconf (0.1.63) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed text fromtend boolean input element to return true if true is
     the default. (Closes: #47049)
   * Fixed tutorial typo. (Closes: #47050)

debconf (0.1.62) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added stylesheet to turn on toc's.

debconf (0.1.61) unstable; urgency=low

   * Converted the tutorial and introduction to xml and docbook.

debconf (0.1.60) unstable; urgency=low

   * Disabled gdialog support just temporariy.
   * Works with the latest dialog in unstable, re-enabled dialog support.
   * Dialog select boxes are now indexed starting at 1, not 0.
   * Documented a gotcha in a tew troubleshooting section of
     the tutorial.

debconf (0.1.59) unstable; urgency=low

   * Guarded postinst code that modifies apt.conf to prevent dup entries.
   * Started doing some cleanup of the gtk frontend:
     - It no longer flashes the window up on the screen unless it really
       has a question to ask this time around.
     - Made cancel button work.
     It still segfaults on exit though.

debconf (0.1.58) unstable; urgency=low

   * Allowed to be loaded twice. Closes: #46843

debconf (0.1.57) unstable; urgency=low

   * Patch from (Rafael Laboissiere) to fix a perl warning,
     Closes: #46871
   * Another patch from Rafael to fix a mistake in the tutorial. Closes: #46873

debconf (0.1.56) unstable; urgency=low

   * Wrote a perl module dependancy grapher, and include output in the .deb
     package. I need to clean up parts of the Element hierarchy. Running this
     on all perl modules in /usr/lib/perl is amusing, too, though it needs
     some more work to be of general utility. (And I suspect someone has
     already written a better one I'm not aware of.)
   * Made a new frontend -- the Noninteractive frontend.
   * All objects in debconf now derive from a common base class, which saved
     a few dozen lines of code at least.
   * There is now only one ConfModule object, no more multiple derived
     objects per FrontEnd type. To make this work, I had to move the capb
     property into the FrontEnd.

debconf (0.1.55) unstable; urgency=low

   * Reorganized some modules. No user-visible changes.

debconf (0.1.54) unstable; urgency=low

   * Gtk frontend can use the newest gtk-perl to test whether opening the
     display will work. Closes: #46736
   * metaget'ing choices now returns a list. Fixes the other half of #46606.
   * Select boxes that consist of one item are not displayed.

debconf (0.1.53) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected db_text command in, Closes: #46640
   * Corrected typo in confmodule.3 man page, Closes: #46651
   * Corrected whiptail window sizing problems, Closes: #46498, #46655

debconf (0.1.52) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed fatal dpkg-reconfig typo.

debconf (0.1.51) unstable; urgency=low

   * Debconf config scripts are now called with options. "configure" is
     normally passed, "reconfigure" is passed if dpkg-reconfig is
     reconfiguring the package. After that, the version of the package is
   * dpkg-reconfigure will only work on packages that are fully installed.

debconf (0.1.50) unstable; urgency=low

   * Corrected several errors with how the choices field is accessed.
     (Closes: #46606)
   * No longer parses the choices field at template load time. This is a
     big change and might break stuff -- we'll see.

debconf (0.1.49) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added a simple little progress report display to dpkg-preconfig so
     when apt passes it 200 packages to be upgraded on a 386, it's clear
     that something is actually going on.

debconf (0.1.48) unstable; urgency=low

   * Quoted a few more bareword hash keys that were causing a perl warning. What
     puzzles me is I cannot reproduce the warning at all.. (Closes: #46545)

debconf (0.1.47) unstable; urgency=low

   * Doh -- I need to update to use debhelper's debconf support! :-)
   * Gdialog only takes --defaultno options at the end. Dialog only takes
     than at the beginning. Whiptail takes them either place. Argh. I've
     changed to using the end for now, since I don't use dialog at all yet.
   * Disambiguated {owners} in, Closes: #46347
   * Killed EXAMPLES out of the debian package.
   * Flipped ordering of short and long descriptions in notes and text in the
     dialog frontend; makes more sense this way.
   * dpkg-reconfigure aborts if you arn't root.

debconf (0.1.46) unstable; urgency=low

   * Yesterday's changes to the choices field broke all select lists -- fixed.
   * Added regression tests to TODO, it's clear I need them.

debconf (0.1.45) unstable; urgency=low

   * Modified the README to refer to the locations of docs in the installed
     .deb, rather than the tarball, now that most people are installing debs.
     Closes: #46302.

debconf (0.1.44) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added the metaget command. I did this mainly to let one get a list of
     the owners of a question, though it might have other uses later.
   * Substitutions now take effect on the choices field as well as the
     description field.
   * Put these two changes together and it's now possible to install several
     related packages (ispell dictionaries, say), and get a list of what
     dictionaries are available when the config scripts run, and only prompt
     the user once for which one they want. Added a section to the tutorial
     about this.

debconf (0.1.43) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed the problems with the purge command, which were really package
     name guessing problems and some errors in the new purge code. BenC, it's
     ready for you.
   * Don't install frontend in /bin (Closes: #46149)
   * Fixed a problem with interpretation of the set command. The second
     parameter can have spaces in it.
   * Added data-dumper dependancy, since some perl's don't include it.
     (Closes: #46147)

debconf (0.1.42) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a problem with Client::ConfModule.

debconf (0.1.41) unstable; urgency=low

   * Applied patch from Peter Vreman <> to correct dialog
     size guessing code. Did some additional fixes for whiptail.
     (Closes: 46060)
   * Fixed a really silly formatting bug in FrontEnd::Dialog that was
     probably leading to what looked like corrupted displays for some people.
   * When breaking a question up over multiple screens with dialog, it makes
     sure to always show the short description when it actually prompts for
     input. This is a lot less disorienting.

debconf (0.1.40) unstable; urgency=low

   * gdialog will soon support --defaultno, added versionsed conflicts
     with versions that don't, and support it again.
   * ConfModule::new() doesn't take a confmodule to start anymore, I broke
     that out into a separate function.
   * AutoSelect only starts up the script if it's actually passed once. TRhis
     should fix your problem, BenC.

debconf (0.1.39) unstable; urgency=low

   * Hm, I know I fixed this before, but the fix seems to have been lost:
     Fixed bug in the AutoSelect that was making it always try dialog
     first, even if something else was picked. (Closes: #46020)
   * Dialog has no --defaultno flag, which makes it unusable for debconf.
     Oh, so does gdialog. I have submitted a patch for dialog, but for now
     I have simply made debconf not accept dialog. If you don't have whiptail,
     you get text mode. I also made the --defaultno flag be passed first,
     which is how dialog will (eventually) support it. (Closes: #46047)
   * Dialog frontend no longer clears the screen when running. Makes it
     easier to get at debug messages. (Closes: #46048)
   * dpkg-reconfigure was trashing ownerships, fixed.

debconf (0.1.38) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added password data type. Currently supported by the Text frontend
     (though it has problems displaying right in an xterm), the Gtk frontend,
     and the Web frontend (though you'd be insane to use it!).
   * Fixed a nasty bug in the fallback code.
   * Read-protected the debconf db directory.

debconf (0.1.37) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a problem if perl failed to configure and dpkg-preconfig then
     bombed out on the next apt run, users would have an unusable apt and not
     be able to fix their system. Now dpkg-preconfigure detects a broken perl
     and exits sanely, allowing apt to continue and fix things.
     (Closes: #45927)
   * Fixed a dpkg-preconfig type introduced last version.

debconf (0.1.36) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added fallback frontend support. If the frontend the user selects is not
     available, or fails to initialize (say DISPLAY is unset for Gtk), it will
     fall back intelligently to another frontend.
   * This means debconf doesn't really depend on much at all except perl.
     Moved most stuff to suggests.
   * The Gtk frontend was dying in a way not catchable by eval (!!) if DISPLAY
     was unset; added a fix to that so it falls back instead.
   * Removed some dpkg-preconfig spam.

debconf (0.1.35) unstable; urgency=low

   * Mappings. What good are they? None, that I could see, so I completely
     removed them! This doesn't influence debconf's behavior at all, just
     removes many lines of code and makes it all easier to understand.
   * Added the concept that each question is owned by one or more packages.
     When the number of owners goes to zero, the question is removed.
   * Whenever a question is removed, I check to see if the template it used
     is no longer used as well. If so, it's also removed.
   * What this lets us do is it allows packages to get rid of questions and
     templates they created when they are purged. And shared questions are
     fully supported and won't go away until the last package that uses them
   * Added a "purge" command that accomplishes this easily. (You could of
     course always call unregister by hand for each question, but this is
   * Modifed dpkg-preconfig so all the templates in all the packages that
     are being installed are read first, and then all the config scripts are
   * The changes above have an intriguing side benefit that offers a fix to a
     vexing problem. There is now a field in each question called "owners", that
     is a comma and space delimited list of the packages that have registered
     ownership. This list is up to date as soon as all the templates are
     loaded if apt is used. A set of related packages can all provide the same
     template in them; and their config scripts can then look at the owners
     field to get the list of all related packages that is/will be installed.
     Then they can do things like turn that into a list of choices of window
     managers, or ispell dictionaries, etc, and prompt the user to pick one.
     This feels only a little hackish, and the only problem with it is that if
     they are not installing with apt, the list isn't fully complete until each
     and every package has been installed.
   * Fixed question default value code so it always inherits from the current
     template, whatever that might be.

debconf (0.1.34) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed dpkg-reconfigure, which was broken since yesterday.

debconf (0.1.33) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed template merge bug. This was making old descriptions show up
     even if a new template with changed descriptions was loaded.

debconf (0.1.32) unstable; urgency=low

   * Now it properly handles config scripts and postinsts that exit with
     a return code, by propigating that return code up to dpkg.
   * Killed dpkg-frnotend for good. It's in the Attic now only.
   * In the dialog frontend, hitting cancel (or escape, maybe), will now
     break out and cancel everything.

debconf (0.1.31) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added "visible" command to tell if a question will be displayed.
     Very useful for preventing some kinds of loops.

debconf (0.1.30) unstable; urgency=low

   * Debhelper now supports debconf, amended turorial to note this.
   * More spelling fixes.
   * Added doc/namespace.ttx, which explains the variable namespace.
   * First upload to unstable.

debconf (0.1.29) unstable; urgency=low

   * Patch from James R. Van Zandt <> with:
     - spelling corrections
     - man page enhancements
     - better debian/templates text

debconf (0.1.28) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a bug.

debconf (0.1.27) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added default title support.

debconf (0.1.26) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added a config script and templates for debconf itself. It uses
     them to configure what frontend to use, etc. /etc/debconf.cfg is no
   * Modified so it contains functions that return values,
     not just hard coded values. The functions now try to pull values out of
     the database, and fall back on the defaults. Also, environment
     DEBIAN_FRONTEND always works for specifying a frontend now, overriding
     all else.
   * Changed a myriad of other files that use to call the new
   * The Priority module is no longer used to set priority, can
     handle that now.
   * Added showold to, you can always see old questions now, if
     you like.
   * Renamed the entire Line frontend to Text. Line really doesn't make as
     much sense. If you're following long in CVS, I also probably broke your
     repository again; a clean checkout is reccommended. Sorry.

debconf (0.1.25) unstable; urgency=low

   * Modified the dialog frontend. Short descriptions now appear after long,
     instead of as dialog titles. The title appears as the dialo title, and
     the background title is "Debian Configuration"
   * Hm, that actually cleaned up the API a bit, I guess it was the right
     thing to do.
   * Fixed link.

debconf (0.1.24) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added advanced topics section to the tutorial.

debconf (0.1.23) unstable; urgency=low

   * Force use of gnu readline perl library. The other one is too bad.
   * dpkg-reconfigure allows you to configure it's frontend now.

debconf (0.1.22) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed a typo in the tutorial, and expanded it some.
   * Fixed the apt dependancy, which was on too low a version.
   * Depend on whiptail || dialog || gnome-utils so some kind of dialog is
     installed always.

debconf (0.1.21) unstable; urgency=low

   * All the sigchld counting and handling stuff was making debconf segfault
     and making it fragile in various ways. Removed it. Instead, I have
     modified update-menus to DTRT, and I depend on that version.

debconf (0.1.20) unstable; urgency=low

   * Fixed Line::Boolean default stuff, last time, I hope.

debconf (0.1.19) unstable; urgency=low

   * I had a truely nasty problem: when installing packages using the dialog
     frontend, and using dpkg directly, debconf would segfault shortly after
     the config script was run. It looks like this was due to reentrancy
     problems in my sigchld handler and I think I've squashed it.

debconf (0.1.18) unstable; urgency=low

   * Expanded the tutorial, it's now a complete standalone document with
     examples. <pant, pant>
   * Oops, I never implemented the reset command! Fixed that.
   * Oops, there are 2 different reset commands! Renamed one to clear,
     contingent on Wichert's approval, and implemented the other as well.
   * Removed dpkg-frontend from the binary package. I really don't want
     people using it.
   * Added pod docs for all Element files. Rather minimal right now.
   * Tested the changes to Client::ConfModule; they work, but I have
     occasional segfaults if using dialog.
   * UI tewak to text boolean element.

debconf (0.1.17) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added COPYING file.
   * Renamed README to EXAMPLES.
   * Wrote a new README that just points to the other files.
   * Wrote doc/INTRODUCTION, giving some history of how things
     have worked, and why debconf is better.
   * Suggests libterm-readline-gnu-perl, which is best for the Line
   * dpkg-preconfig uses the frontend specified in the conffile now.
   * Element::Line::Boolean now uses the correct values as the default.
   * FrontEnd::Line now actually displays titles.
   * Client::ConfModule should now run the config script like
     does, for transparent installation of debconf packages. Needs testing.

debconf (0.1.16) unstable; urgency=low

   * Got rid of the DEBIAN_FRONTEND environment variable entirely. Instead,
     /etc/debconf.cfg has a variable in it to specify the default frontend
     to use.
   * Also added a question priority variable to the config file.
   * Oh yeah, the big change is I fixed the postinst hang bug. Or rather,
     worked around it. The bug was caused by update-menus forking to
     background and waiting, but not closing stdin/out. I worked around by
     catching SIGCHLD's and closing the pipes from the other end when the
     postinst has existed. I've also contacted Joost.
   * This, barring a little bit of docs and a few packages built to use it,
     is basically ready to be shown to the world.

debconf (0.1.15) unstable; urgency=low

   * Broke the nasty perl code out of, it's much cleaner now
     (and you don't see a page long perl -e command in ps..)
   * I now know exactly what's causing the hang problem -- update-menus!
     I still have no clue why.
   * Modified Client/frontend so it runs the config script of a package
     if the script is available, every time. This is pretty ugly, but it has
     a very nice effect: when you dpkg -i a brand new debconfed .deb, the
     config script runs as soon as the postinst tries to use debconf, and
     this lets you configure it, and then it is installed. So you don't have
     to dpkg-preconfig it first. Of course, if you're using apt, it is
     preconfiged, and then the config script is run again, redundantly (but
     doesn't do anything since it's already run). This is basically the last
     workaround needed for dpkg not preconfiguring stuff on it's own -- now
     debconf use is completly transparent.

debconf (0.1.14) unstable; urgency=low

   * Don't use dh_link, so it can still build on va.

debconf (0.1.13) unstable; urgency=low

   * Gtk::FrontEnd now has the xpm it uses inlined into the file.
   * /etc/debconf.cfg now holds configurable debconf settings. is
     just a link to it now.

debconf (0.1.12) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-reconfigure now sets a flag in FrontEnd::Base that makes old
     questions be shown as well. This is very nice for reconfiguring stuff..

debconf (0.1.11) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added db_set command to

debconf (0.1.10) unstable; urgency=low

   * Uh oh. "set" is a shell builtin, so you cannot access the set command
     via the shell interface. After talking with Sean, I've decided to just
     prefix all the commands in the shell interface with "db_". So dh_set,
     db_get, etc. Most packages that use debconf thus need to be changed.

debconf (0.1.9) unstable; urgency=low

   * Back after a one month hiatus. I've moved debconf around in my cvs
     repository, though the debconf module name should still work.
   * Debconf is now FHS compliant.
   * Removed some junk from the Makefile I no longer need.
   * Added doc/packages-prompt, just a list of some packages that need to be

debconf (0.1.8) unstable; urgency=low

   * Question->value now returns the default field if value is unset (thanks,
   * Various minor touchups everywhere.
   * Killed slrn sample, this is going into the main slrn package and is
     already significently better in there.
   * Added Element/Gtk/*, from AJ.

debconf (0.1.7) unstable; urgency=low

   * Added beginnings of GTK frontend by AJ.
   * Began moving the docs from internals.txt into POD documentation. It was
     getting out of sync with the code, this will prevent that. Only Elements
     still need to be converted.
   * Fixed unset bug in

debconf (0.1.6) unstable; urgency=low

   * Patch from AJ that:
     - makes Questions inherit properties direct from their associated
       Templates. This simplifies a lot of code which no longer needs to
       use $question->template->foo.
     - implements STOP command in protocol.
     - dies on unknown questions instead of failing obscurely later.
     - removes bashism
     - misc fixes and updates to cvs.config.
     - adds template substitution support and the SUBST command.
     - makes template parsing work better WRT the extended description and
       actually look for dots on thier own lines, not lines starting with dot.
   * Minor mods to above patch.
   * Documented template substitutions in the draft spec.

debconf (0.1.5) unstable; urgency=low

   * Got rid of the NOTE and TEXT commands; notes and text are now put on
     templates. This breaks any packages already using debconf (again).
   * The above change made it clear I needed to reorganize the Elements --
     each data type is now a seperate object type. The code is much simpler
   * While I was doing that, it became possible to make the base ConfModule
     handle command_input in a general way. Much duplicate code removed.
   * Modified clients for above changes.
   * Modified samples and docs for above changes.
   * Made the postrm not fail during error unwind.
   * Picky Sean fixes..
   * Added support for isdefault flag. Now you only see a question once.
   * Added support for the FGET and FSET commands. (untested)
   * The mappings file is no more. All questions on a template will now have
     mappings made for them. If you need others, use the commands to make them.
   * Added a new program, dpkg-reconfigure. Use it to reconfigure an already
     installed package.
   * Added Client/ This is very similar to Client::ConfModule
     except it's a shell library.
   * Changed cvs.config to use It's _much_ easier to read now.
   * Copyright updates. VA has sponsored and is at least a partial owner of
     this code. It's still GPL'd, of course.
   * Fixed a bug in the web frontend -- if a page is empty now because all
     questions are too low priotity, it just skips it.
   * Fixed a nasty template merge bug.
   * Added a doc/spec/ directory and put a copy of the metadata section of
     the spec in there, converted to html and greatly expanded to match
     reality. This is a draft that I want to get accepted as the real spec.
   * Changed to using "string" as the data type for text data, had been using
     "text". This is a pretty big change, really and breaks all packages that
     have been built so far that use debconf. Have to do it to comply with
     the spec.

debconf (0.1.3) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfig (and now load up only the ConfModules and
     FrontEnds that will really be used. Faster startup time.
   * TODO updates.

debconf (0.1.2) unstable; urgency=low

   * dpkg-preconfig now has a --apt option that makes it read debs to
     configure on stdin. This is for use with apt of course. (A hacked apt
     that can use this exists now.)
   * Dialog frontend only clears the screen just before displaying a
     non-gdialog dialog box.
   * Depend on the version of apt that really works with debconf.
   * A postinst and postrm modify /etc/apt/apt.conf to make apt use
     dpkg-preconfig to configure packages. (The file's not actually part of
     apt, so this is not too evil).

debconf (0.1.1) unstable; urgency=low

   * Moved CREDITS to doc/.
   * Install internals.txt in .deb.
   * doc/maintainer.txt is a guide for maintainers who want to convert
     packages to use debconf.

debconf (0.1.0) unstable; urgency=low

   * Killed the cvs date stuff. Too much bother.