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bug in dpkg (was Re: packages in the old format)

On 21 Aug 1997, Guy Maor wrote:

> Enrique Zanardi <ezanardi@noah.dfis.ull.es> writes:
> > (the last dpkg versions don't recognize the old-format packages, so
> > a dselect install run over a local mirror of unstable will always fail 
> > in the main section, thus skipping contrib and non-free).
> Are you sure?  It seems to work ok for me

How strange.

.../stable/binary-i386/x11$ file xkeycaps_2.29-3.deb 
xkeycaps_2.29-3.deb: old Debian binary package (format 0.939000)

.../stable/binary-i386/x11$ md5sum xkeycaps_2.29-3.deb 
8b66f542ce7c7e8e9b2fedbdc512c326  xkeycaps_2.29-3.deb

.../stable/binary-i386/x11$ dpkg-deb -f xkeycaps_2.29-3.deb 
dpkg-deb: `xkeycaps_2.29-3.deb' is not a debian format archive

.../stable/binary-i386/x11$ dpkg-deb --version
Debian Linux `dpkg-deb' package archive backend version (i386 elf).
Copyright (C) 1994-1996 Ian Jackson.  This is free software; see the
GNU General Public Licence version 2 or later for copying conditions.
There is NO warranty.  See dpkg-deb --licence for details.

Oh, wait!

.../stable/binary-i386/x11$ env | grep LC_ALL

.../stable/binary-i386/x11$ export LC_ALL=C

.../stable/binary-i386/x11$ dpkg-deb -f xkeycaps_2.29-3.deb
PACKAGE: xkeycaps
VERSION: 2.29-3
MAINTAINER: Robert Leslie <rob@mars.org>
DEPENDS: libc5, elf-x11r6lib
DESCRIPTION: Graphical front-end to xmodmap.
 xkeycaps is a graphical front-end to xmodmap. It opens a
 window that looks like a keyboard; moving the mouse over a
 key shows what KeySyms and Modifier bits that key
 generates. Clicking on a key simulates KeyPress/KeyRelease
 events on the window of your choice. It is possible to
 change the KeySyms and Modifiers generated by a key through
 a mouse-based interface. This program can also write an
 input file for xmodmap to recreate your changes in future

Yeah, that was it. dpkg has a bug related with internationalization.
I will check the sources and send the bug-report.

Enrique Zanardi					ezanardi@noah.dfis.ull.es
Dpto. Fisica Fundamental y Experimental
Univ. de La Laguna

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