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289645Re: [OT] Non-interactive Debian (aptitude) install

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  • Glenn Park
    Nov 24, 2012
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      On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 8:54 AM, Scott Kitterman <postfix@...> wrote:
      > On Friday, November 23, 2012 11:05:42 PM Glenn Park wrote:
      >> On Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM, Scott Kitterman <postfix@...>
      > wrote:
      >> > On Friday, November 23, 2012 09:29:08 PM Glenn Park wrote:
      >> >> On Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 8:43 PM, Scott Kitterman <postfix@...>
      >> >
      >> > wrote:
      >> >> > On Friday, November 23, 2012 07:55:57 PM Glenn Park wrote:
      >> >> >> Hello,
      >> >> >>
      >> >> >> When I install Postfix using aptitude on a fresh Debian system, an
      >> >> >> interactive GUI comes up asking me how it wants me to configure
      >> >> >> postfix. I'd like to suppress this interface and make it default to
      >> >> >> "No configuration" (I am automating the installation and have my own
      >> >> >> configuration files, thank you). However I can find nothing
      >> >> >> documented that allows me to do this. Can anyone help?
      >> >> >
      >> >> > There are some assumptions built into the way the postfix packaging
      >> >> > interact with debconf that make this a risky thing to do. See (Debian
      >> >> > and Ubuntu are the same in this regard):
      >> >> >
      >> >> > https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/postfix/+bug/1027061
      >> >>
      >> >> Pardon my lack of understanding here (I did read that whole
      >> >> conversation), but I'm a little hazy on what the problem is. What's
      >> >> the difference between giving a "No Configuration" answer ahead of
      >> >> time/by default and doing it with the GUI that is presented? But are
      >> >> you saying that it's impossible to suppress anyway?
      >> >>
      >> >> Rather, you seem to be suggesting that upon update, we may see our
      >> >> configuration changed out from under us? We are not using puppet or
      >> >> anything like that. Config is by hand.
      >> >
      >> > Yes. The postfix package is designed to be configured by the debconf
      >> > (Debian Configuration) system. If, in the internal status of the debconf
      >> > system, postfix is marked as "No configuration" via there being no status
      >> > entry, so there's currently no way to distinguish between "desired
      >> > configuration is 'No configuration'" and "Don't do anything, something
      >> > else will handle it."
      >> >
      >> > I have not had time to research this issue. I expect it's reasonably
      >> > tractable to fix, but I don't know when I'll be able to get to it.
      >> >
      >> > What I usually do is pick "Internet site" and then modify things from
      >> > there. If you do that once, even if you copy your config files over the
      >> > provided ones, you won't have to worry about your changes getting
      >> > reverted.
      >>
      >> Woa, wait, so even if I choose "No configuration" in the GUI, my
      >> config may be overwritten?
      >>
      >> If I have to choose "Internet site" in order to be able to put my own
      >> config files in place (and not have them overwritten), that's fine.
      >> But my question is how I can do that unattended?
      >
      > I believe you can do this using preseeding. Preseeding is discussed in the
      > context of a new system installation here:
      > http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Preseed

      Thanks, Scott
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