[ Please don't Cc: public replies to me. ] Paul Slootman: > I reported a similar problem with the xview packages yesterday. I've > been strace-ing dpkg, and what happens is this: > > symlink("/etc/blabla", "/usr/doc/xview/blabla.dpkg-new"); > chown("/usr/doc/xview/blabla.dpkg-new", 0, 0); > > This fails if /etc/blabla doesn't exist already. This only happens with > some packages, because in others the file being linked to is in the > data.tar.gz file earlier on, so it exists. A quick workaround is > "touch /etc/blabla" before running dpkg, I've discovered. Not good, > however. If I have understood things correctly, chown is supposed to follow symlinks. If one wants to operate on the symlink itself, one needs to use lchown. However, our libc (libc6.1-dev version 2.0.7pre1-1) says, when linking: warning: lchown is not implemented and will always fail lchown seems to be a new addition to the kernel. > > (Linus put lchown() on the old chown() system call number, thereby > > retaining backwards binary compatibility). > > Hmm, maybe not yet in 2.1.87? I'll try the latest next week. 2.1.88 has the problem.
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