Re: Always run dpkg --dry-run -i before running dpkg -i!
[Please don't mail -qa with ill-formed rants. They are not appropriate
there. They are also not appropriate in the bug tracking system, so I've
removed the off-topic #287949 from the cc list.]
On Thu, Jan 06, 2005 at 04:58:56PM -0500, William Ballard wrote:
> Given that -source packages do not adequately specify the dependencies
> to be able to use the output, one must NEVER run "dpkg -i" a given deb
> without first running "dpkg --dry-run -i" on the same debs and verifying
> that it returns a zero exit code.
Are you aware that dpkg --dry-run -i unpacks the new package before
checking that the package can be configured (i.e. it's equivalent to
dpkg --dry-run --unpack; dpkg --dry-run --configure), so your "solution"
is at best a no-op? See bug #183470.
In fact, your approach is worse because --no-act doesn't even report
dependency problems encountered in the configure step, nor exit non-zero
when it encounters them. See bug #55364. It's much more efficient for
users to keep the old .debs around and simply use dpkg -i, which will
exit non-zero on errors and allow you to put the old .deb back.
Seems clear that you didn't try this before recommending it ...
Colin Watson [firstname.lastname@example.org]