debconf(7) 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).

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.


-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.
-s, --showold
Redisplay old, already seen questions.


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


Joey Hess <[email protected]>


This manpage was ``borrowed'' from debconf.