Lintian Reports

W debconf-is-not-a-registry

All reports of debconf-is-not-a-registry for the archive. The extended description of this tag is:

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 (Do not abuse debconf) and the debconf-devel(7) manual page for details.

Severity: important, Certainty: wild-guess

Check: debconf, Type: binary, udeb, source

Evolution of the debconf-is-not-a-registry Lintian tag over the past 366 days:

The beforementioned graph for the debconf-is-not-a-registry tag

Emitted (non-overridden): 17, overridden: 71, total: 88

The package names link to the relevant maintainer page and the corresponding report for the source package. The links go to the full maintainer report page, which includes info and experimental tags and overridden tags, rather than the default page that shows only errors and warnings.

bgoffice-dict-downloader 0.10 (binary) (Damyan Ivanov <>)

configure-debian 1.0.3 (binary) (David Nusinow <>)

dbconfig-common 2.0.11 (binary) (Paul Gevers <>)

debian-edu-config 2.10.50 (binary) (Debian Edu Developers <>) overridden

debian-edu-install 2.10.17 (binary) (Debian Edu Developers <>) overridden

debian-installer-launcher 33 (binary) (Debian QA Group <>) overridden

debian-security-support 2018.11.25 (binary) (Christoph Biedl <>) overridden

dictionaries-common 1.28.1 (binary) (Agustin Martin Domingo <>) overridden

discover 2.1.2-8 (binary) (Debian Install System Team <>)

dtc-common 0.35.5-1 (binary) (Thomas Goirand <>)

isenkram-cli 0.39 (binary) (Petter Reinholdtsen <>) overridden

libpam-runtime 1.1.8-3.8 (binary) (Steve Langasek <>) overridden

linux-base 4.5 (binary) (Debian Kernel Team <>) overridden

nvidia-installer-cleanup 20151021+8 (binary) (Debian NVIDIA Maintainers <>) overridden

nvidia-support 20151021+8 (binary) (Debian NVIDIA Maintainers <>) overridden

open-infrastructure-container-tools 20180825-2 (binary) (Daniel Baumann <>)

rlinetd 0.9.1-3 (binary) (Robert Luberda <>) overridden

shim-signed 1.28+nmu1+0.9+1474479173.6c180c6-1 (binary) (Steve Langasek <>) overridden

ssl-cert 1.0.39 (binary) (Debian Apache Maintainers <>) overridden

tasksel 3.48 (binary) (Debian Install System Team <>)

texlive-base 2018.20181214-1 (binary) (Debian TeX Task Force <>)

ucf 3.0038 (binary) (Manoj Srivastava <>) overridden

user-setup 1.79 (binary) (Debian Install System Team <>) overridden

xfonts-traditional 1.8.0 (binary) (Ian Jackson <>) overridden