package dpkg severity 237245 important tags 237245 unreproducible thanks On Wed, 2004-03-10 at 14:37, Frank Küster wrote: > The install-info program seems to have changed its syntax > incompatibly. This morning, I got an error from tar's postinst, later > also from xemacs21-support's postinst and prerm. This is the error > message for tar: > The install-info program hasn't changed since dpkg 1.10.16; I'm almost positive we'd've noticed this by now... descent scott# dpkg -i tar_1.13.93-2_i386.deb : Unpacking replacement tar ... Setting up tar (1.13.93-2) ... descent scott# And there's certainly no problem here with dpkg 1.10.19 and tar 1.13.93-2. I've just tested this on half a dozen machines, upgrading from various different versions, and I can't trip it. I'm going to downgrade the severity as this obviously isn't making the package unusable for everyone, but (so far) just you. In fact, I'm going to go on a limb, and say this isn't even a dpkg bug... could you report the output of the following commands please: which install-info ls -l $(which install-info) dpkg -S $(which install-info) I don't think you're running the dpkg install-info... > Unpacking replacement tar ... > Setting up tar (1.13.93-2) ... > install-info: No such file or directory for General Commands > This error message does not exist in dpkg install-info, and indeed, dpkg would tend to quote `General Commands' like that. > xemacs21-support gives the same message in postinst, in prerm it is: > > Removing xemacs21-support ... > install-info: No dir file specified; try --help for more information. > This error message ALSO does not exist in dpkg install-info, and at no point does dpkg install-info suggest you try --help. However logging into a RedHat box I had lying about: [scott@tavi scott]$ strings /sbin/install-info | grep "dir.*info" No dir file specified; try --help for more information. I'd like to place a bet that you've got RedHat's install-info somewhere in your PATH with a higher priority than dpkg's, and that this isn't a bug in dpkg at all. Shall we say $100 ? Scott -- Have you ever, ever felt like this? Had strange things happen? Are you going round the twist?
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