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Bug#350583: debootstrap 0.3.3

retitle 350583 debootstrap: relies on sed s///I extension
tags 350583 pending

On Mon, Jan 30, 2006 at 04:13:22PM +0100, Patrik Arvhult wrote:
> I am trying to run a bootstrap from Linux 1.2.3 (maybe it is slackware 96) to 
> debian Sarge.


> (No CDROMS, only floppies/network avail. Using the 
> debootstrap_0.3.3.tar.gz bootstrapper I found refered to by the debian 
> webbpages. Actually I didnt find any information on what version to use, 
> 0.3.3 seems to be the newest one.

It's best to just use whatever's most current. debootstrap doesn't tend
to drop backward compatibility.

> 1)
> debootstrap_0.3.3.tar.gz -> file pkgdetails.c
> there is a int "any" declared in a new style. Not very portable and not 
> feasible if bootstrapping from some old system. Annoying, but good thing 
> there were only one of these and not zillions ;)
> Change row 43 from "int any=0;"  to just "any=0;"
> Insert "int any=0;" betwen row 23 and 24.

This was fixed a little while ago by Anthony Towns in debootstrap 1.0.0:

  * Make pkgdetails.c not need C99 extensions. (Closes: Bug#398977)

> 2)
> Something similar to a tar -O bug seems to be present in this debootstrap 
> package, at a glance it seems to be the same error as mentioned at: 
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2003/05/msg00450.html, bug 193788. That 
> is another package, but the error seems very similar:
> running "debootstrap --verbose --arch i386 sarge /mnt/debinst \ 
> http://ftp.debian.org/debian";
> All packages is downloaded, when unpacking starts it stops with this message:
>   dpkg: parse error, in file '/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 2
>     package 'dpkg': error in Version string '': version string is empty"

As you observe, this is due to using the I flag to sed's s command. I've
replaced this as follows, which should work even on your ancient system:

-                sed -ne 's/^Version: *//Ip' | head -n 1
+                grep -i ^Version: | sed -e 's/[^:]*: *//' | head -n 1


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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