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Re: Bug#388399: FTBFS problems on alpha, mips[el]: Please help debugging


I'm resending this mail, and include the porters list with hope for some
help.  We really won't be able to debug this problem without contact to
someone who has at least read access to the affected buildds.

Thanks for taking your time,

Frank Küster <frank@debian.org> wrote:

> Dear Buildd admins, 
> there seems to be a problem with packages that build-depend on tetex,
> which only manifests on the alpha, mips and mipsel buildds.  We need
> your help to investigate this, please see below.
> Ralf Stubner <ralf.stubner@web.de> wrote:
>> The strange thing is that mktexmf, which is called here, looks like this:
>> [...]
>> destdir=`echo "$MT_MFNAME" | sed 's%/[^/][^/]*$%%'`
>> test -d "$destdir" || "$MT_MKTEXDIR" "$destdir" || exit 1
>> cd "$destdir" || exit 1
>> [...]
>>     cat > "mf$$.tmp" <<END               ### first failure
>> [...]
>> chmod `kpsestat -xst,go-w .` "mf$$.tmp"  ### second
>> rm -f "$mfname"
>> mv "mf$$.tmp" "$mfname"                  ### third 
>> echo "$destdir/$mfname" >$STDOUT
>> echo "$progname: $destdir/$mfname: successfully generated." >&2
>> "$MT_MKTEXUPD" "$destdir" "$mfname"
>> [...]
>>>From the succesfull messages at the end of mktexmf we know that $destdir
>> was /home/buildd/.texmf-var/fonts/source/jknappen/ec/, which must have
>> existed otherwise the script would have been terminated before. So at
>> first sight it looks as if $destdir was created but without write
>> permissions. No idea why that could happen.
> Buildd admins, could you please check this?  Does any of these
> directories exist, and would the user under whose name the build is done
> have write access there?
> The TeX packages usually create their fonts in a hierarchy below the
> user's home directory.  Especially for buildds, we have arranged that
> when the home directory does not exist or is not writable, fonts are
> cached in /tmp/texfonts.  Could it be that on the affected systems,
> the directories in /home/buildd already exist, but are not writable?
> Alternatively, it would also make sense to copy /usr/bin/mktexmf to
> /usr/local/bin on the buildd and add a "set -x" at the beginning, and
> trigger a new build of gnuplot.
> Thanks in advance,
> Frank

Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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