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Bug#224539: marked as done (dpkg doesn't remove packages properly)



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Subject: dpkg: I couldn't remove a package, even when I use --force-all
Package: dpkg
Version: 1.10.18
Severity: normal
Tags: sid

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: linux 2.6.0-test9 #1 Sun Oct 26 20:42:21 CET 2003 i686


Versions of packages dpkg depends on:
ii  dselect                     1.10.18      a user tool to manage 
Debian packa
ii  libc6                       2.3.2.ds1-10 GNU C Library: Shared 
libraries an


 
After several unsuccessful attempts to update a package, I wanted to 
remove it:

# dpkg -r --force-all interchange-cat-foundation
(Reading database ... 150876 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing interchange-cat-foundation ...
The previous Interchange server was not running and probably
terminated with an error.
Killing Interchange server 0 with HUP.
/usr/sbin/interchange: line 15:  1742 Hangup                  su -s 
/bin/sh -c "$CMD" $USER
dpkg: error processing interchange-cat-foundation (--remove):
 subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 129
The previous Interchange server was not running and probably
terminated with an error.
Killing Interchange server 0 with HUP.
/usr/sbin/interchange: line 15:  1800 Hangup                  su -s 
/bin/sh -c "$CMD" $USER
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
 subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 129
Errors were encountered while processing:
 interchange-cat-foundation
***
During this process dpkg/debconf asks if I want to replace the existing 
interchange-catalog. It seems that dpkg tries to configure the package, 
which should be removed.

I tried this (dpkg -r --force-all) many times, always with the same 
result.  
 
Dpkg should not try to install or configure a package, when I use the 
-r(emove).

(There may be a problem with the package too, but it is a problem of 
dpkg when it can't remove this package. )
 


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Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2003 05:05:39 +0000
From: Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org>
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Subject: Re: Bug#224539: dpkg doesn't remove packages properly
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On Sat, Dec 20, 2003 at 12:10:13AM +0100, ro kolar wrote:
> After several unsuccessful attempts to update a package, I wanted to=20
> remove it:
>=20
> # dpkg -r --force-all interchange-cat-foundation
> (Reading database ... 150876 files and directories currently installed.)
> Removing interchange-cat-foundation ...
> The previous Interchange server was not running and probably
> terminated with an error.
> Killing Interchange server 0 with HUP.
> /usr/sbin/interchange: line 15:  1742 Hangup                  su -s=20
> /bin/sh -c "$CMD" $USER
> dpkg: error processing interchange-cat-foundation (--remove):
> subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 129
> The previous Interchange server was not running and probably
> terminated with an error.
> Killing Interchange server 0 with HUP.
> /usr/sbin/interchange: line 15:  1800 Hangup                  su -s=20
> /bin/sh -c "$CMD" $USER
> dpkg: error while cleaning up:
> subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 129
> Errors were encountered while processing:
> interchange-cat-foundation
> ***
> During this process dpkg/debconf asks if I want to replace the existing=
=20
> interchange-catalog. It seems that dpkg tries to configure the package,=
=20
> which should be removed.

Learn to read. That means all the errors, not just the last one. As a
general rule, it's usually the *first* error that counts:

> dpkg: error processing interchange-cat-foundation (--remove):
> subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 129

That one (plus the cause, a little above it).

> Dpkg should not try to install or configure a package, when I use the=20
> -r(emove).

The removal failed. It then tried to back that out, rather than
leaving the package in a broken state; that's the defined and expected
behaviour. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to upgrade the package to a
removable version afterwards.

> (There may be a problem with the package too, but it is a problem of=20
> dpkg when it can't remove this package. )

Purely a problem with the package, that makes it impossible for dpkg
to remove.

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