[mythtv] mythtv-database deb installation on woody not faring well
mdz at debian.org
Thu Jul 17 17:42:24 EDT 2003
On Thu, Jul 17, 2003 at 12:52:14AM -0500, Jeff wrote:
> So in the end, my initial installation failed due to user error. No
> problem I thought, I'll purge all the packages, start over, and everything
> will be good. I purge packages, and re-install with DEBIAN_PRIORITY set to
> low so I can answer all the questions properly. I take the default on all
> questions, including the one asking for mysql's root password, but for
> whatever reason, the dialog is overridden by the entry in config.dat, and
> the mythtv-database package fails to install.
> Once I figured out that the install was using a non-empty root password,
> (thanks to Matt and his suggestion to use "export
> DEBCONF_DEBUG=developer") I was able to start rgreping the filesystem to
> hunt down where the invalid password was being stored. Now that I knew
> where that password was stored (in /var/cache/debconf/config.dat),
> removing the offending password allowed a final re-installtion to
> proceed without issue.
OK, so here are the problems I see:
- It is impossible to tell at the debconf password prompt whether there is a
default being supplied (the box is always empty). You thought that you
were leaving the box empty, but you were actually accepting the default
which you supplied last time. I will raise this issue with the debconf
- It sounds like for some reason the debconf answers were cached after you
purged the package. This should not happen, and as far as I can tell, the
package is doing the right thing. Are you certain that you _purged_
mythtv-database, and did not simply remove it?
- Passwords should never go in config.dat, which is world-readable. They
are supposed to be written separately, in passwords.dat. I have checked
my system, and there are no passwords in config.dat. What version of
debconf do you have installed?
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