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Re: Bug#766459: debootstrap: should not try to configure

I'm going to reply to Julien first, then to Michael.

On Mon, 27 Oct 2014, Julien Cristau wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 08:35:14 +0000, Michael Tautschnig wrote:
> I agree this should be fixed in base-files.

Bugs should be fixed where they are. If base-files, or any other
package, essential or not, can't make a simple chown root:root, then
it is a bug in whatever package was responsible for making sure that
the root user exist in a Debian system, base-passwd and debootstrap in
this case.

This is regardless the fact that base-files could do things differently
so that this bug remains "hidden" a few more months or a few more years.

I am investigating the last option right now, but not as a way to fix
bugs in debootstrap (which I believe they should be fixed anyway), but
as a way to avoid our users to find this problem.

BTW: At least once in the past I have made little changes to base-files
to fix problems that happen when using debootstrap. I'm not opposed to
that. See for example, changes in base-files 3.0.1 (yes, 12 years ago).
But it will not be anything like adding a Depends on base-passwd. That
would be a hack.

> > chown: invalid user: 'root:root'
> Can't base-files call chown with 0:0 instead of root:root to sidestep
> this entirely?

It's a little bit more complex than that.

Sometimes it's root:root, sometimes is root:staff and sometimes is root:mail.

See base-files postinst for details.

This has worked for ages, and it should continue to work, because
base-passwd is essential.

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