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Bug#47323: marked as done (dpkg occationally destroys <package>.list)

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Package: dpkg

When I install/upgrade packages I now and then
get an error message about how the
<package>.list file for some package contains an empty filename.
As far as I remember, this <package> is usually one that
the package being installed depends on in some way.

dpkg quits after this, and apt-get/dselect gives up also.

When I look at /var/lib/dpkg/info/<package>.list I see
that the usual list of plaintext filenames isn't there, the
content is binary.  I don't know why this happens, but it is
annoying.  It is always only one ruined package, this makes me believe
dpkg does the trashing shortly before the error message.

I have seen this for a long time, (since slink) but I thought it was a
bad disk.
But now I see this on two newer machines also.

I rebuild the <package>.list file by running dpkg --contents against
the package.deb file.  Then I trim off unnecessary stuff from the file
This gets boring after a while.  It happens only occationally, perhaps
once per 50 packages installed. 

A wild guess:
I dpkg using mmap for looking at file lists?  If it does, and it is
a writeable mapping, then a random pointer error could do something
like this.

Kernel versions: 2.3.6 - 2.3.20
C library: libc-2.1.2.so
Hardware doesn't matter, this happens with scsi drives, ide drives,
single and multiple processors.

Helge Hafting
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 13:43:49 -0400
From: Ben Collins <bcollins@debian.org>
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Since no one seems to be able to confirm this, and the submitter does not
respond to requests for updates, I am writing this off as a kernel issue
(the submitter was using an early 2.3.x kernel) and closing the report. If
some one can confirm the bug, or the submitter replies with more info,
then I will reopen it.


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