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What did I just ruin?

On Mon, Jul 09, 2018 at 08:37:43PM -0700, Kevin O'Gorman wrote:
> I was about to upgrade packages and I wanted to capture the plethora
> of messages I expected this to produce, so I did it under script(1).
> It captured all right, but I'm a bit worried by a thing it captured a
> few times...
> For instance, at the end of fetching packages....  it's got a problem
> with Dialog (whatever that is) and it's not clear that its workaround
> worked.
> -- Get:75 xenial-updates/main amd64
> ntp-doc all 1:4.2.8p4+dfsg-3ubuntu5.9 [1,169 kB]
> Get:76 xenial-updates/main amd64 rfkill
> amd64 0.5-1ubuntu3.1 [8,530 B]
> Fetched 281 MB in 37s (7,395 kB/s)
> debconf: unable to initialize frontend: Dialog
> debconf: (Dialog frontend will not work on a dumb terminal, an emacs shell
> buffer, or without a controlling terminal.)
> debconf: falling back to frontend: Readline

Everything is fine.  This message is informational, and for your
purposes you can ignore it.

(The full-screen Dialog frontend that might in some cases be used to ask
questions during installation would be pretty ugly in script(1) output,
so you're probably better off with the Readline frontend in this case

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]