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Re: libc6 woes (new entry)

> Uh-Oh, I followed Eric's suggestions:
> vivian:/tmp# ar -x /var/cache/apt//archives/libc6_2.1.3-4_i386.deb 
> Segmentation fault

Oh, dear.  That's bad.

> This doesn't bode well, does it?

No, it doesn't.

> Press the Panic button?

It seems like your libc6 installation is seriously screwed up.  If
standard system tools like ar won't function, then you can't count on the
the installation scripts to function, either.

I'm not really sure what to do there.  A fresh re-install would work.
although it's not particularly elegant.

Another option would be to boot the system to a clean environment by
using a boot floppy and a small ramdisk image with a stable libc, and
then mounting your old / on /mnt and running dpkg with --root=/mnt.

In that case, dpkg would be running with a stable libc.

However, dpkg does a chroot before running the installation scripts, so,
they're still likely to fail.  You may need to untar the files by hand,
get the libraries in place, and then run the scripts.

Eck.  It's not something I'd want to have to do on a production machine.

Good luck,


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