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

1 Answer 1


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.

  • 18
    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

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.