I have just installed Debian and I was just installing some packages using apt-get instal when I saw this message:

debconf: delaying package configuration, since apt-utils is not installed

What does this mean? And once I have installed apt-utils how can configure the packages?

  • I have same question today
    – Nam G VU
    Jan 21, 2020 at 4:34

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apt-utils contains the /usr/bin/apt-extracttemplates program which is used when packages need to ask you questions about how to be configured. This package being Priority: important, means it should really be installed except in rare circumstances.

If there is configuration pending, dpkg-reconfigure [package] will perform it. If you missed configuring a number of packages and don't know which, run dpkg-reconfigure -au to go through (a)ll (u)nseen configuration questions.

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    Is this utility required if I only need to install packages non-interactively? I ran into an issue with it. Sep 8, 2016 at 15:20

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