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Bug#213357: marked as done (dpkg: sometimes doesn't unpack symlinks in package payload)

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Subject: xbase-clients: postinst rightly b0rked - bogus symlink-related failures
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Package: xbase-clients
Version: 4.2.1-11
Severity: normal

(I'm not sure why reportbug no longer has higher severity levels, but this
is surely higher than normal...)

Running testing, and going through the usual aptitude update/dist-upgrade
rigamaroll last night, dpkg started shouting at me about xbase-clients
failing its postinst (and thus preventing configuration of most of X).

Basically, check_symlinks_and_bomb() in the postinst was bombing, for the
right reasons - but I don't know what caused the relevant symlinks to be 
missing in the first place.  The ones it complained about come right from
that same script:

check_symlinks_and_bomb /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit \
                        /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xsm \
                        /etc/X11/xkb/compiled \
I was able to fix the breakage by purging and then reinstalling
xbase-clients via dpkg with --force-depends.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux warlock 2.4.20 #2 SMP Mon Jul 7 14:31:39 CDT 2003 i686

Versions of packages xbase-clients depends on:
ii  cpp-3.2                   1:3.2.3-8      The GNU C preprocessor
hi  libc6                     2.3.2-7        GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libdps1                   4.2.1-11       Display PostScript (DPS) client li
ii  libfreetype6              2.1.4-4        FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libncurses5               5.3.20030719-1 Shared libraries for terminal hand
ii  libxaw7                   4.2.1-11       X Athena widget set library
ii  xlibmesa3-gl [libgl1]     4.2.1-11       Mesa 3D graphics library [XFree86]
ii  xlibmesa3-glu             4.2.1-11       Mesa OpenGL utility library [XFree
ii  xlibs                     4.2.1-11       X Window System client libraries

-- debconf information:
* xbase-clients/default_100dpi: 
* xbase-clients/default_nolisten_tcp: 

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On Fri, 2004-05-14 at 18:48 +0200, Frank K=C3=BCster wrote:

> "Frank K=C3=BCster" <frank@kuesterei.ch> wrote, that's me:
> > On my system dpkg reproducibly fails to install a specific symlink,
> > /usr/share/texmf/tex/generic/config/language.dat pointing to
> > /etc/texmf/language.dat. This occurs in a package not yet in the
> > archive.
> Excuse me for that. It turned out to be a bug in the postinst script -
> previously the link had to be deleted under certain conditions, and this
> was still in and always triggered here...
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