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Bug#779294: /usr/bin/python: /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.15' not found (required by /usr/bin/python)

On 02/26/2015 06:01 PM, Andreas Beckmann wrote:
> during a test with piuparts I noticed a failure to upgrade from 'wheezy'.
> I'm not exactly sure which package to blame.
> This happened on i386, I cannot reproduce it on amd64.
> The package being tested was lsb-desktop, but it can probably show up
> elsewhere as well.
>>From the attached log (scroll to the bottom...):
>   (Reading database ... 18847 files and directories currently installed.)
>   Preparing to replace libpython2.7 2.7.3-6+deb7u2 (using .../libpython2.7_2.7.8-11_i386.deb) ...
>   Unpacking replacement libpython2.7:i386 ...
>   Preparing to replace python2.7 2.7.3-6+deb7u2 (using .../python2.7_2.7.8-11_i386.deb) ...
>   Unpacking replacement python2.7 ...
>   Preparing to replace python2.7-minimal 2.7.3-6+deb7u2 (using .../python2.7-minimal_2.7.8-11_i386.deb) ...
>   Unpacking replacement python2.7-minimal ...
>   dpkg: warning: unable to delete old directory '/etc/python2.7': Directory not empty
>   Selecting previously unselected package libpython2.7-minimal:i386.
>   Unpacking libpython2.7-minimal:i386 (from .../libpython2.7-minimal_2.7.8-11_i386.deb) ...
>   Preparing to replace debconf 1.5.49 (using .../debconf_1.5.55_all.deb) ...
>   /usr/bin/python: /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.15' not found (required by /usr/bin/python)
>   dpkg: warning: subprocess old pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
>   dpkg: trying script from the new package instead ...
>   /usr/bin/python: /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.15' not found (required by /usr/bin/python)
>   dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/debconf_1.5.55_all.deb (--unpack):
>    subprocess new pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
>   /usr/bin/python: /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.15' not found (required by /usr/bin/python)
>   dpkg: error while cleaning up:
>    subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
>   Processing triggers for man-db ...
>   Errors were encountered while processing:
>    /var/cache/apt/archives/debconf_1.5.55_all.deb
> This looks a bit like python was unpacked before the new glibc.

debconf calls pycompile (and python).  It looks like this kind of thing can
happen with any binary which needs the new glibc, and in this case it hits python.

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