Re: alternatives DB corruption
Am Mi, 20.07.2011, 12:16 schrieb Raphael Hertzog:
> please use the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org next time.
I've added a Cc: to the list.
> On Wed, 20 Jul 2011, Michael Neuffer wrote:
>> I have ad "db" file which seems to be corrupt and i can't figure out
>> what is wrong.
> The database file is corrupted. What did you do to corrupt it? Is there a
> reliable way to corrupt it?
Yes, by editing it by hand. :-)
I had to do it a few weeks earlier to remove
some alternatives that were corrupted by a broken package.
(Things that constantly using unstable can do to you...)
I had to edit and fix alternatives manually every now and then over the
past 15 years or so and never had (major) problems with that. Maybe I was
just lucky so far.
> It lacks lots of empty lines at the end. Each alternative should have a
> set of line like this:
> Yet your last alternative only has 4 lines:
Yes I removed them. I wasn't aware that they were significant.
The file format unfortunately isn't documented in the man page.
Is there a way to find out how many empty lines are missing where?