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Robie Basak (racb) wrote : Regression: images ship with modified conffiles

This cloud image:

build_name: server
serial: 20220411.2

...ships with a "user-modified" /etc/ssh/sshd_config. This results in a confusing ucf prompt when upgrading from Focal to Jammy.

It looks like this is being done here:

User impact: this messes up automation; it is a common use of cloud images for users to automate their server deployments which generally involves running a dist-upgrade and then bootstrapping some kind of configuration management system.

As well as during an upgrade between releases, this will happen if openssh-server needs to change its /etc/ssh/sshd_config in an SRU or security update. Even users who have not touched /etc/ssh/sshd_config will be told that they have and the default is to keep the user "modified" version, so the change will not be applied.

Workaround: users can use something like: apt-get update && UCF_FORCE_CONFOLD=1 apt-get -y dist-upgrade. Note that to avoid prompts in various other cases users should also set DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive, run apt-get with -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-confdef" -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-confold" and consider redirecting stdin from /dev/null.


This has happened multiple times before. Please put CI in place to avoid this regressing again. See bug 1485685, bug 1581044, bug 1581046, bug 1323772, bug 1747464.