interactive questions in the middle of the 1hour+ installation process from gutsy to hardy

Bug #217385 reported by Ernst Kloppenburg on 2008-04-14
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

Probably not bug of update-manager but of the upgrade process in general:

on installation of packages where a conffile has been change manually by the user, e.g. /etc/bash.bashrc, the installer asks whether the old or new confffile is to be used

these questions should all be asked at one point in the installation process, e.g. after installing all updates. And not (as it is done now) at random times during the installation.

Because the installation can not be left unattended for longer periods of time: you have to sit and wait for such questions to appear. Otherwise the installation will stall until you come back.

Confirmed. This one annoys me too. Not a top priority this close to release but I'll add it to the wishlist for later

Changed in update-manager:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Nanley Chery (nanoman) wrote :

Another option is to have an "Unattended Upgrade" drop-down menu that has two check boxes. One check box enables the user to automatically overwrite manually edited files w/ package-maintainer-versions, the other allows the user to keep his custom files.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Thanks for your report. This is also bug 86028.

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