dpkg-reconfigure extra options

Asked by mathew thomas on 2014-03-24

hi
when you run dpkg-reconfigure -a
is there a way to list the packages that are being reconfigured?
if there is an error, to then resume from the point of the error (once repaired) instead of starting over again
thanks
mat

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You could intest try dpkg --configure -a, which seems to be more intelligent.

Hamish

mathew thomas (maxie) said : #2

does dpkg --configure -a do reconfiguration??
i always thought of it as like a backup process when a package installation has failed to manually restart the configuration process
"intelligent" there are times i have found it dumb doing a "get-selections" install had to run it several times to configure some dependencies!
thanks anyway

Oh yes of course. --configure -a is used when a system update fails due
to dependency problems, so no it won't reconfigure already set up
packages. dpkg in general is sometimes a little stupid because it
doesn't check dependencies beforehand like yum does. Anyway, why do you
want to reconfigure all the packages on your system? Have you been
having a problem with something?

Hamish

On 26/03/14 00:46, mathew thomas wrote:
> Question #245949 on debconf in Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/debconf/+question/245949
>
> Status: Answered => Open
>
> mathew thomas is still having a problem:
> does dpkg --configure -a do reconfiguration??
> i always thought of it as like a backup process when a package installation has failed to manually restart the configuration process
> "intelligent" there are times i have found it dumb doing a "get-selections" install had to run it several times to configure some dependencies!
> thanks anyway
>

mathew thomas (maxie) said : #4

ya, i have one system randomly giving system crashes and i cant find whats causing it, may be many causes!
and another system not loading gdm on startup; tried lightdm, reinstalled and reconfigured gdm, xserver-xorg and several other packages. yet to try xorg.conf from knoppix, but thats another issue

You could try removing xorg.conf altogether, as X will just create a new
autodetected one to replace it, and that might fix it. But do make a
backup first in case. I'm not realy sure about your issues, are you
using the nouveau drivers or similar fairly unstable drivers for the
video card?

Hamish

On 26/03/14 09:36, mathew thomas wrote:
> Question #245949 on debconf in Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/debconf/+question/245949
>
> mathew thomas posted a new comment:
> ya, i have one system randomly giving system crashes and i cant find whats causing it, may be many causes!
> and another system not loading gdm on startup; tried lightdm, reinstalled and reconfigured gdm, xserver-xorg and several other packages. yet to try xorg.conf from knoppix, but thats another issue
>

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