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Re: severely broken dpkg (among other things)



On Tue, Mar 27, 2001 at 10:51:51AM +0100, Julian Gilbey wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 27, 2001 at 12:50:51AM -0600, Sam TH wrote:
> > > $ sudo strace dpkg -i <package>
> > > 
> > 
> > This produced lots of interesting results.  The relevant ENOENTS are 
> > [...]
> > link("/var/lib/dpkg/status", "/var/lib/dpkg/status-old") = -1 ENOENT
> > (No such file or directory)
> > link("/var/lib/dpkg/available", "/var/lib/dpkg/available-old") = -1
> > ENOENT (No such file or directory)
> 
> So you've lost both /var/lib/dpkg/status and /var/lib/dpkg/available,
> by the looks of things.  The available file can easily be recreated by
> apt or dselect or similar, but losing your status file is pretty bad
> news.  Do you have a backup of it?

Nope.  Dpkg is much less happy when that happens.  And anyway:

[sam@samth sam]$ ls /var/lib/dpkg/
total 13266
[...]
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root      5376288 Mar 15 08:24 available
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root      5376288 Mar 27 10:53 available-new
[...]
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root      1322856 Mar 15 08:24 status
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root      1322893 Mar 27 10:53 status-new
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          127 Jan 21 09:43 talk
drwxr-xr-x    2 root     root           35 Mar 27 10:53 updates
           
Thanks anyway

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