Re: any plan for the bad bugs and hamm?
Some time around 17 Jun 1998 10:17:00 +0200,
Kai Henningsen wrote:
> email@example.com (Joel Klecker) wrote on 16.06.98 in <v04011708b1ac34f32769@[206
> > At 23:52 -0700 1998-06-15, Adam P. Harris wrote:
> > >dpkg 17381 dpkg: please add
> > >--force-overwrite-inexistant-files and default to it ;)  (Klee
> > >Dienes and Ian Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
> > I don't think this is really a bug, the first example shows an overlap
> > between two packages, and the second has two artificial packages both
> > containing /usr/doc/foobar, one is installed, the /usr/doc directory is
> > removed, and the other package is installed, dpkg complains about the
> > overlap.
> This bug has bitten me numerous times recently, and it is really hard to
> find out what is going on. I'd label it a pretty serious bug; I *think*
> what happens is that dpkg can't handle when a directory doesn't exist that
> it's database claims, and another package claims, too - but which wouldn't
> amount to a problem if the directory were there.
I believe this bug is "fixed" if we re-enable --force-overwrite in dpkg. I
believe everyone agrees this needs to be done anyway, because there are
numerous file overlaps between bo and hamm that are not accounted for.
Someone needs to release a dpkg with --force-overwrite on ASAP.
> But it may also be related to symlinks - in one case, I've seen it happen
> and found the directory in question was a symlink pointing to itself -
> some svgalib package.
I seem to remember someone claiming that this also happens when an empty dir
is installed by one of the packages in question.
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