Section: Debconf (1)
debconf - run a debconf-using program
debconf [options] command [args]
Debconf is a configuration system for Debian packages. For a debconf
overview and documentation for sysadmins, see debconf
(7) (in the
The debconf program runs a program under debconf's control, setting it up
to talk with debconf on stdio. The program's output is expected to be debconf
protocol commands, and it is expected to read result codes on stdin. See
debconf-devel(7) for details about the debconf protocol.
The command to be run under debconf must be specified in a way that will
let your PATH find it.
This command is not the usual way that debconf is used. It's more typical
for debconf to be used via dpkg-preconfigure(8) or dpkg-reconfigure(8).
- -opackage, --owner=package
Tell debconf what package the command it is running is a part of. This is
necessary to get ownership of registered questions right, and to support
unregister and purge commands properly.
- -ftype, --frontend=type
Select the frontend to use.
- -pvalue, --priority=value
Specify the minimum priority of question that will be displayed.
Enables terse output mode. This affects only some frontends.
To debug a shell script that uses debconf, you might use:
DEBCONF_DEBUG=developer debconf my-shell-prog
Or, you might use this:
debconf --frontend=readline sh -x my-shell-prog
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