Bug#487908: ubuntu-desktop: Failure while configuring base packages.
retitle 487908 debootstrap: can't --include packages involving non-required Pre-Depends
severity 487908 wishlist
On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 08:01:50PM -0700, Jack Bates wrote:
> I'm trying to build an Ubuntu directory tree with debootstrap:
> ket% sudo debootstrap --components=main,restricted,universe,multiverse
> --include=ubuntu-desktop hardy hardy-chroot
> However this currently complains:
> W: Failure while configuring base packages. This will be attempted 5
> My current workaround is to skip the --include=ubuntu-desktop option,
> and after debootstrap completes, to run:
> ket% sudo chroot hardy-chroot aptitude -DR install ubuntu-desktop
> I'm not sure why debootstrap doesn't like the ubuntu-desktop package
> (rather, one of the many packages on which it depends). The
> bootstrap.log is attached. Please let me know how I can provide more
> information, or debug this issue...
At the time, libx11-6 declared a Pre-Depends relationship on x11-common.
This means that x11-common must be configured before libx11-6 is
unpacked, and, at the moment, debootstrap is not capable of handling
this situation. I've retitled the bug accordingly.
(You'd have seen the same problem at the time if you tried to --include
any package depending, directly or indirectly, on libx11-6 from the
Debian archive; this is not an Ubuntu-specific problem. The Pre-Depends
has since been removed from Debian and is thus gone from later versions
of Ubuntu as well.)
I do think this is a bug, but it requires some thought to fix properly
and thus I'm marking it wishlist. However, I'm documenting the problem
in debootstrap(8) for now, for the next version of debootstrap:
Comma separated list of packages which will be added to
download and extract lists. Beware that including
packages that declare a Pre-Depends relationship on any
package that is not in the "required" set (i.e.
"Priority: required"), or that depend directly or
indirectly on packages that do so, will not work; you
will need to install such packages separately after
debootstrap has completed.
Colin Watson [firstname.lastname@example.org]