Linux kernel packages for Debian have historically had complex
maintainer scripts which can invoke the initramfs builder and/or a boot
loader, based on a mixture of file tests, explicit configuration through
the file /etc/initramfs.conf and debconf questions. Starting with Debian
6.0, this should be greatly simplified.
The new policy is published at
http://kernel-handbook.alioth.debian.or ... hooks.html. This
policy will affect packages of the Linux kernel, initramfs builders boot
loaders, and the debian-installer.
I regret that this policy has been set so late in the release cycle, but
currently a kernel update can easily leave the system unbootable and
this did need to be addressed before release.
A later version of this policy may also cover FreeBSD and GNU Mach
Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.