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DebianPackage > debconf

disambiguation : This page is about Debian configuration management system.
For Debian Conferences, see DebConf.

debconf is, to put it simply, "Install Shield Wizards Done Right", and is one of the main advantages of DebianAndOtherDistros.

More specifically, when installing (or upgrading) any single package or a group of packages, debconf asks the packages' configuration questions all at once, and stores the user/admin preferences in a database. Later as the packages are installing, their scripts use the configuration preferences in the database to generate configuration files and otherwise do administrative tasks (e.g. set up servers to start or not start, install other software such as libdvdcss, etc.). This saves the hassle of editing configuration files by hand, and also of waiting for each individual package to install before responding to certain configuration questions.

To run it, type in a console:

# dpkg-reconfigure debconf


The User/Administrator (root) can configure the following aspects of debconf behavior:

In the same way, you can configure debconf-enabled packages by typing dpkg-reconfigure packagename and answering configuration questions.

See also