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Bug#4784: Stale links on iConnect Debian CD-ROM


After the long list of nags I sent, here is a contribution that is meant
to be useful. :-)

The problem is with dangling symlinks. 'find . -follow' exits with exit
code `1' when it finds one. For the proper functioning of dpkg this error
is not critical, IMHO, but dpkg simply aborts on 'any error', AFAIK.

I did a 'ps' when a 'dpkg -iGROEB' was running and saw that these
arguments were passed to find:

..../binary-i386/ -follow -name *.deb -type f -print0

Now, this seems ok, but it can't handle dangling symlinks. I suggest that
something like the following is used to take care of it. I know dpkg is
written in C, but I don't know much about C, so this is bash syntax.

findfiles () {
   find "$1" -follow -name *.deb -type f -print0 2> $TEMPFILE
   if grep -v "No such file or directory" $TEMPFILE >&2
   rm -f $TEMPFILE
   return $RETURN

This findfiles function can be used in any pipe with the directory name as
the single argument. Any error produced by the `find' command that is not
about a dangling symlink is sent to stderr, the filenames are sent to


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