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initrd.img write failed but package installation succeeded

Rebooting failed because the initramfs was incomplete.  Turns out
/boot was full because backup initrd.img files had been created.

The important problem is that package installation succeeded despite
the initrd.img write failure.  It seems to me that this is sufficiently
serious that it might be release critical.

I don't know exactly which package was responsible for ignoring
the write error so I'm sending the report to this list.

I note that the following packages are all in state "ii":

# dpkg -l | grep mdadm | cut -b-60
ii  mdadm                            2.5.6-7
# dpkg -l | grep initramfs-tools | cut -b-60
ii  initramfs-tools                  0.85e
# dpkg -l | grep linux-image | cut -b-60
ii  linux-image-2.6-686              2.6.18+5
ii  linux-image-2.6.18-3-686         2.6.18-7

There may have been some kind of error logged to the console but
if so it must have scrolled past without my noticing.  I've been
assuming that if a package has attained "ii" then it has installed

According to /var/log/dpkg.log* both initramfs-tools and mdadm had
been upgraded since the last reboot but there had been no changes
to linux-image packages:

2006-12-12 14:07:09 upgrade initramfs-tools 0.85b 0.85c
2006-12-28 06:32:25 upgrade initramfs-tools 0.85e 0.85e
2006-12-30 11:31:37 upgrade mdadm 2.5.6-6 2.5.6-7

--Mike Bird

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