gnome frontend not working without libtext-iconv-perl

Bug #78175 reported by wiertel
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debconf (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: debconf

Before I moved to feisty I was using gnome frontend. Some time ago I noticed warnings like this during updates:
# LC_ALL=C LANG=C dpkg-reconfigure debconf
debconf: unable to initialize frontend: Gnome
debconf: (Can't locate object method "new" via package "Text::Iconv" (perhaps you forgot to load "Text::Iconv"?) at /usr/share/perl5/Debconf/ line 65.)
debconf: falling back to frontend: Dialog

Dialog frontend is ok. It turns out that the reason was that I didn't have libtext-iconv-perl installed. I switched to debconf-i18n which depends on libtext-iconv-perl. It's probably not common issue. Maybe my tendency to remove unused packages caused this, but does those who use debconf-english doesn't use gnome frontend?

Colin Watson (cjwatson)
Changed in debconf:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
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Mantas Kriaučiūnas (mantas) wrote :

This debconf bug is reported about 4 years ago, maybe it's already fixed, is libtext-iconv-perl still needed for Gnome frontend?
I can't test this, because I can't remove libtext-iconv-perl package from my system (dictionaries-common depends on libtext-iconv-perl)
Btw, there is a pending bug #415038 about porting GNOME frontend to GtkAssistant, maybe that bug is related to this bug?

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