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Does wu-ftpd corrupt utmp?

I am having problems with running dpkg-makepackage using -rfakeroot.
The beginning and end of the transcript look like
 $ dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -b
 utmp entry ("") does not match value of LOGNAME ("bates"); using "bates" at /usr/lib/dpkg/controllib.pl line 19.
 no utmp entry available, using value of LOGNAME ("bates") at /usr/lib/dpkg/controllib.pl line 16.
 dpkg-buildpackage: source package is xlispstat
 --------------- debstd processing for Linux --------------
 -- Installing Documentation
 -- Looking for manpages in sourcepackage

 ** Main Package xlispstat
 -- Checking for executable binaries in package
 usr/bin/xlispstat Script
 Warning : Executable usr/bin/xlispstat has no manpage!
 usr/lib/xlispstat/xlisp ELF Binary
 -- Figuring out dependencies of ELF objects
 unable to get login information for username "" at /usr/lib/dpkg/controllib.pl line 27.
 -- Compressing Documentation
 -- Checking Symlinks
 --------------- debstd processing finished --------------
 unable to get login information for username "" at /usr/lib/dpkg/controllib.pl line 27.
 make: *** [binary-arch] Error 13

I see other symptoms of what I think are problems with /var/run/utmp
in that the "who" program lists defunct logins but "w" does not.  Also 
"last" gives incorrect information on the ftp connections.  At least I 
believe these problems are related to /var/run/utmp but I am no expert 
on this.

I was using the ftp daemon from the wu-ftpd-academ package which seems
to still be a libc5 package.  I have now replaced it with the proftpd

My questions are:
 - Would a libc5 wu-ftpd cause corruption of my /var/run/utmp file?
 - Would a corrupt /var/run/utmp cause the warnings I am seeing
 - Should I expect the proftpd daemon not to have this problem?
 - Now that I have installed proftpd, should I try to purge the
   /var/run/utmp file?  If so, how?
Douglas Bates                            bates@stat.wisc.edu
Statistics Department                    608/262-2598
University of Wisconsin - Madison        http://www.stat.wisc.edu/~bates/

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