Just an idea, no flames, etc intended:
Could maintainers who have packages that create directories/etc in
/usr/local make sure they do it in a way that is friendly to
On all of our debian 1.1 machines, /usr/local is an nfs mounted
directory, and on all but one of these machines it is mounted
root-squash for security reasons. Attempting to install packages
with components in /usr/local (usually empty directories) fails on
bash# dpkg -i emacs*
(Reading database ... 23142 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace emacs (using emacs-19.34-1.i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement emacs ...
dpkg: error processing emacs-19.34-1.i386.deb (--install):
failed to rmdir/unlink `/usr/local/lib.dpkg-new': Permission denied
Setting up emacs-el (19.34-1) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
Since packages generally don't install anything other than empty dirs
in /usr/local, can't this be handled in a way that makes it easier for
those of us trying to maintain many debian machines?
Richard W Kaszeta Graduate Student/Sysadmin
email@example.com University of MN, ME Dept