fai-debconf and softupdate (correction)

Gebhardt Thomas gebhardt at hrz.uni-marburg.de
Tue May 26 14:00:21 CEST 2009

On Friday 22 May 2009, i wrote:

> and found that this is due to an unexpected behaviour of fai-debconf while
> performing a "fai softupdate" .

actually fai-debconf is doing quite well, it was all my fault. I was mocked
by a TAB that was transmogrified into separate spaces by cut&paste.

I used the output of getconf-get-selections (TAB separated fields) to feed
my fai debconf config file. By cut&paste the TAB separator was transformed
into two spaces. Debconf interpreted this input as two whitespace separators
with an empty field in between and fell back to a default value (here: local 
delivery only). This was also the default deboconf value from FAIBASE, so I 
blamed fai-debconf for this flaw until I realized what really happened here.

Sorry to bother you all. Cheers, Thomas

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