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Bug#417802: tasksel: Depends on dmidecode which won't work under a Xen domU

pr-reportbug@pr.neotoma.org wrote:
> This started with
> /dev/mem: mmap: Bad address during apt-get -u dist-upgrade on my
> Xen domUs.
> A little research found the following
> http://forum.slicehost.com/comments.php?DiscussionID=82

Thanks, I had wondered why my slice and another Xen instance were doing

> Building dependency tree... Done
> The following packages will be REMOVED:
>   dmidecode* laptop-detect* tasksel* tasksel-data*
> 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 4 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
> Need to get 0B of archives.
> After unpacking 3645kB disk space will be freed.
> Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
> Which removes a bit more than I'd like.

But not because tasksel depends on dmidecode. Tasksel has a dependency
on laptop-detect, which in turn depends on dmidecode. So do several
other packages:

joey@kodama:~>apt-cache rdepends dmidecode
Reverse Depends:

Tasksel's laptop-detect dependency cannot be removed.

> Looking through the bug reports, I don't know whether to start here,
> thereby hurting users using tasksel to select the desktop task,
> or punt the bug over the dmidecode folks to run a test for Xen 
> before doing the mmap().

IMHO dmidecode should be fixed.

see shy jo

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