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Yes, Debian Package Manager handles filesystem exceptions , nicely , (fwd)

Saw this on comp.os.linux.development.system... Thought I'd pass it on


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 6 Feb 1997 00:48:03 GMT
From: Bryce <wilcoxb@ucsu.Colorado.EDU>
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.setup, comp.os.linux.development.system
Subject: Yes, Debian Package Manager handles filesystem exceptions nicely

In a previous thread named "In Praise Of Debian Package
Manager" someone asked me if dpkg would handle running out of
disk space gracefully.  I said "I would guess so but I haven't
tried it.".

Well, I was out of inodes on my root partition but didn't 
realize it.  I tried to install new binutils and some other 
package with dpkg.  It failed, set the flags indicating broken
installation, and nicely informed me of such.  I tried again
several times in different ways, tried command switches to
over-ride warnings, tried uninstalling and re-installing, and
even tried uninstalling other packages and re-installing them
along with my new packages!  In short, I did just about every
stupid thing a user could be expected to do to a poor package
manager.  But nothing broke, and after I found the directory
full of an infinite number of smail warning message files and
deleted it (and uninstalled smail using dpkg), then I ran
dselect again and installed everything nicely.


Thanks, Debian folks!


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