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Wdebconf-is-not-a-registry

The tag is present in Lintian version 2.104.244. That is the most recent version we know about.

In the Unix tradition, Debian packages should have human-readable and human-editable configuration files. This package uses debconf commands outside its maintainer scripts, which often indicates that it is taking configuration information directly from the debconf database. Typically, packages should use debconf-supplied information to generate configuration files, and -- to avoid losing configuration information on upgrades -- should parse these configuration files in the config script if it is necessary to ask the user for changes.

Some standalone programs may legitimately use debconf to prompt the user for questions. If you maintain a package containing such a program, please install an override. Other exceptions to this check include configuration scripts called from the package's post-installation script.

Refer to Debian Developer's Reference section 6.5.1 and the debconf-devel(7) manual page for details.

Visibility: warning

Check: debian/debconf

The following 22 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 82 times.

We found 64 overrides. The tag performed 22% of the time.