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Bug#2178: dpkg unclear error message

package: dpkg
version: 1.0.5-0

I cooked up a simple package for the binaries of the executor mac
emulator (unpacked the tar file, added a DEBIAN/control, ran dpkg --build)
and on installing it, got the following:

depreciation+# dpkg --install /tmp/epkg.deb                 (Reading database ... 21834 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking executor (from /tmp/epkg.deb) ...
dpkg: error processing /tmp/epkg.deb (--install):
 unpick of dpkg-deb tar output failed (-1) for unknown reason: No such file or directory
Errors were encountered while processing:
Exit 1

It doesn't tell me *what* file or directory is not found, and strace -ff
fails (as reported seperately) to tell me what the children are
doing. Suggestions, or do I have to dig through the dpkg source?

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