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Bug#237245: marked as done (install-info: breaks maintainer scripts at least of tar and xemacs21-support)



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Subject: install-info: breaks maintainer scripts at least of tar and xemacs21-support
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Package: dpkg
Version: 1.10.19
Severity: grave
Justification: breaks installation of other packages, of which tar is essential

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:

Unpacking replacement tar ...
Setting up tar (1.13.93-2) ...
install-info: No such file or directory for General Commands
dpkg: error processing tar (--configure):
 subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
 tar
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
alhambra:~# 

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.

The command line in tar's postinst is:

install-info --quiet --section "General Commands" "General Commands" \
                /usr/share/info/tar.info.gz

Issued manuall by root, it gives the same error, even without
--quiet. It hasn't changed since woody, so I doubt the error is in
tar. Commenting out these lines helped (dpkg --configure -a was
successful after that), but that can't be a general solution.

Regards, Frank


-- System Information:
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To: Adam Heath <doogie@debian.org>
Cc: 237245-done@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#237245: install-info: breaks maintainer scripts at least of
 tar and xemacs21-support
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Adam Heath <doogie@debian.org> schrieb:

> On Wed, 10 Mar 2004, Frank [x-unknown] K=FCster wrote:
>
>> Package: dpkg
>> Version: 1.10.19
>> Severity: grave
>> Justification: breaks installation of other packages, of which tar is es=
sential
>>
>
> run: which install-info
>
> Make certain you are running the debian install-info.

Hm, quite disturbing:=20

- There is a different install-info in /usr/local/bin, and it's this one
  that gives the error message

- in root's PATH, /usr/sbin is before /usr/local/bin (in /etc/profile,
  however, it's after it)

- which install-info therefore gives the dpkg one

- today I can reinstall tar or install xemacs21-support without errors
  (and it must be exactly the same debs, because apt-proxy didn't
  download anything).

I cannot imagine how the PATH was changed (all I did was install and
deinstall xemacs21-mule + dependencies, work with mozilla and emacsen,
and install some tetex-packages I'm working on). But it must have
happened somehow.

Excuse for the inconvenience, closing.

Bye, Frank
--=20
Frank K=FCster, Biozentrum der Univ. Basel
Abt. Biophysikalische Chemie



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