Technically, that stanza is describing a Question, in debconf terminology.
Template, from the doc text of the corresponding Perl module:
When a new template is created, a question is created with the same
name as the template. This is to ensure that the template has at least
one owner -- the question, and to make life easier for debconf users
-- so they don't have to manually register that question.
The owner field, then, is actually used to set the owner of the
It's likely that most users of debconf didn't need to create additional questions based on the same template.
To understand the
Variables part, you need to look up the corresponding template. In this case,
profiles is a list of choices (see
Description: PAM profiles to enable:
man 7 debconf, this is an instance of the
select variable type:
select A choice between one of a number of values. The choices must be specified in
a field named 'Choices'. Separate the possible values with commas and
spaces, like this:
Choices: yes, no, maybe
Choices-C field is closely related:
If this environment variable is set to 'true', the frontend will display the values
in Choices-C fields (if present) of select and multiselect templates rather than
the descriptive values.