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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It's a tricky topic because of the layers of software - dpkg handling the package format, apt handling the dependencies and debconf handling the configuration. What you need to do is pre-seed the debconf database with answers to the questions. The debconf-set-selections command seems to be the tool for the job.

    The other thing you'll need to do is select the 'noninteractive' frontend to debconf to stop it asking questions. I use a command like this:

    DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get --assume-yes i