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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       base-config - Debian base system configuration

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]


DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       base-config  is	the  program that was run when you first rebooted into
       your newly installed debian system. It walks you through setting up the
       system  and  downloading additional software, and so forth. The program
       can be run at any later date to walk you through essentially  the  same
       process again.

IMPLEMENTTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       base-config  is implemented as a wrapper script which runs each program
       in /usr/lib/base-config/, in  numerical	order.	If  this  is  a  fresh
       install	onto  a  new debian system, each program receives "new" as its
       first argument.

       base-config checks the return codes of each of the  programs.  Programs
       may  return  >  0 and < 10 to indicate errors. Returns codes between 10
       and 100 may be used to jump to the program nearest the returned number,
       which  can  be  used  to  jump forwards or backwards in the base-config

       Other packages can drop programs into /usr/lib/base-config/, and  those
       programs will become part of the base configuration process. It is very
       strongly encouraged that any such programs communicate  with  the  user
       entirely  via  debconf, so that the base configuration maintains a consistent
 and professional look.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

       Every base-config run is logged to /var/log/installer.log.

       /root/dbootstrap_settings, if it exists, is sources by base-config  and
       numerous  environment  variables  set therein are used to control baseconfig's
 behavior. The mere presence of this file, which is created  by
       dbootstrap  during a fresh debian install, makes base-config do all the
       things it only does on a fresh install.

ENVIRONMENT    [Toc]    [Back]

       The following environment variables influence base-config. These  variables
 may be set at run time, or for new installs, may be passed to the
       kernel at the lilo (or other bootloader)  command  line.  Consult  your
       boot  loader's  documentation  for  details.  For  example, lilo can be
       booted with something like "linux DEBIAN_FRONTEND=readline".

       DEBIAN_FRONTEND    [Toc]    [Back]

       DEBIAN_PRIORITY    [Toc]    [Back]

       DEBCONF_DEBUG    [Toc]    [Back]

       DEBCONF_TERSE    [Toc]    [Back]
	      Control various things about debconf. See debconf(8)

       KEEP_BASE_DEBS    [Toc]    [Back]
	      By default, base-config deletes the debs that  debootstrap  used
	      to  install  the	base  system.  This is useful on very low disk
	      installs. If you don't want that to be done, and prefer that the
	      debs be kept, set this variable to "yes".

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       Joey Hess <joey@kitenet.net>

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