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DPKG-RECONFIGURE(8) Debconf DPKG-RECONFIGURE(8)
dpkg-reconfigure - reconfigure an already installed package
dpkg-reconfigure [options] packages
dpkg-reconfigure reconfigures packages after they have already been installed. Pass it the
names of a package or packages to reconfigure. It will ask configuration questions, much
like when the package was first installed.
If you just want to see the current configuration of a package, see debconf-show(1)
Select the frontend to use. The default frontend can be permanently changed by:
Note that if you normally have debconf set to use the noninteractive frontend, dpkg-
reconfigure will use the dialog frontend instead, so you actually get to reconfigure
Specify the minimum priority of question that will be displayed. dpkg-reconfigure
normally shows low priority questions no matter what your default priority is. See
debconf(7) for a list.
Use whatever the default priority of question is, instead of forcing the priority to
Reconfigure all installed packages that use debconf. Warning: this may take a long
By default, all questions are shown, even if they have already been answered. If this
parameter is set though, only questions that have not yet been seen will be asked.
Force dpkg-reconfigure to reconfigure a package even if the package is in an
inconsistent or broken state. Use with caution.
Prevent dpkg-reconfigure from reloading templates. Use with caution; this will prevent
dpkg-reconfigure from repairing broken templates databases. However, it may be useful
in constrained environments where rewriting the templates database is expensive.
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