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[Help] How to fix a buggy prerm script in sarge? (was: Bug#338638: tetex-base: dies when /usr/local/ read-only)

tags 338638 help

Hi all,

we just received a bug report that is caused by a buggy prerm script
in the package in sarge (it fails because it doesn't handle read-only
/usr/local properly).  Is there any way to fix this, except documenting
it in the release notes?  

And on a related thought, if the bug was in the postrm script, would it
be acceptable that the preinst script of the new version edits

Regards, Frank

P.S. Andrew, are you able to find a workaround yourself, or do you need

Andrew Stribblehill <ads@debian.org> wrote:

> Package: tetex-base
> Version: 2.0.2c-8
> Severity: serious
> Justification: Policy 9.1.2
> Trying to upgrade from 20.2c-8 to 3.0.10:
> dpkg: tetex-base: dependency problems, but removing anyway as you request:
>  tetex-bin depends on tetex-base.
> (Reading database ... 98267 files and directories currently installed.)
> Removing tetex-base ...
> rm: cannot remove `/usr/local/share/texmf/ls-R': Read-only file system
> dpkg: error processing tetex-base (--remove):
>  subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
> Errors were encountered while processing:
>  tetex-base

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Inst. f. Biochemie der Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer

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