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unused-debconf-template

Templates which are not used by the package should be removed from the templates file.

This will reduce the size of the templates database and prevent translators from unnecessarily translating the template's text.

In some cases, the template is used but Lintian is unable to determine this. Common causes are:

  • the maintainer scripts embed a variable in the template name in order to allow a template to be selected from a range of similar templates (e.g. db_input low start_$service_at_boot)

  • the template is not used by the maintainer scripts but is used by a program in the package

  • the maintainer scripts are written in perl. Lintian currently only understands the shell script debconf functions.

If any of the above apply, please install an override.

The tag is present in Lintian version 2.114.163. That is the most recent version we know about.

We use semantic versions. The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the 2.114.0 release tag in our Git repository.

You can find the detection logic for this version at commit ca97c3a. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check debian/debconf.

Visibility: info

The following 120 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 1019 times (in any Lintian version).

We found 50 overrides. The tag performed 95% of the time.