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Bug#8315 dpkg removal fails

Thomas Koenig writes:
> I've since found the problem:  the perl installation had been corrupted,
> so there was no /usr/bin/perl, which confused dpkg mightily. Re-installing
> perl solved the problem.
> I'm leaving this bug open, since dpkg and/or dselect should check
> for such an error, and abort with a reasonable error message as
> soon as possible (preferably immediately after the installation
> of perl has failed).  You can't expect that somebody who is just
> installing Debian for the first time to find an error like that.

It is unreasonable to expect dpkg to specially detect and diagnose
every possible breakage that you (or a broken package) might do to
your system.  In your transcript dpkg correctly notices that an
installation script has failed, and operates as designed.

I'm closing this bug report.


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