Re: dpkg/ucf hang (was: Re: [users] Problem in starting OOo and its reinstallation)
Thanks for your advice
On Tue, 2003-12-30 at 04:43, Derrick 'dman' Hudson wrote:
> | > It hanged there compelling me to close the Koncole window.
> | I don't doubt it.
> | > Then I ran;
> | > # dpkg --configure -a
> | > Setting up foomatic-filters (3.0.0-20031207-1) ...
> | > Configuration file `/etc/foomatic/filter.conf'
> | > ==> File on system created by you or by a script.
> | > ==> File also in package provided by package maintainer.
> | > What would you like to do about it ? Your options are:
> | > Y or I : install the package maintainer's version
> | > N or O : keep your currently-installed version
> | > D : show the differences between the versions
> | > Z : start a new shell to examine the situation
> | > The default action is to keep your current version.
> | > *** filter.conf (Y/I/N/O/D/Z) [default=N] ? D/Y/N and <Enter> (I tried all
> | > of them). It hanged here again.
> There's a bug, somewhere, that I just discovered last night and this
> The process (in my case it was 'ucf' for both packages) gets stuck in
> the Sleeping state and doesn't receive any keyboard input.
> I don't know what the bug is, but I do know the two ways I worked around it :
> a) when ucf hangs, look at the command line parameters using
> pstree or gnome-system-monitor. run it manually and update
> the config file so that ucf/dpkg doesn't detect a difference
> and doesn't prompt you
> b) edit /var/lib/dpkg/info/PKG.postinst to remove the invocation
> of ucf on the config file that is different and you don't want
> changed anyways
> Of course, the applicability of these workarounds depends on what the
> config file is, what you want to do with it, and how the package is
> Based on Stephen's description, I think the following programs are not
> to blame :
> aptitude, xterm, dselect, konsole
> but these haven't been ruled out :
> dpkg, ucf
> I know that running ucf manually does not reveal the issue.
I also received advice from other lists (not OOo) that some folks there
also met this problem same as mind. They are still searching hard for a
> PS. Stephen: sometimes things don't work quite right when running
> unstable. I recommend not running unstable unless :
> 1) you know what you are doing and how debian is organized
> (and can debug and workaround such issues yourself)
> 2) the system isn't terribly important and you can leave it
> in a broken state until someone else fixes the bug
> 3) you like learning to swim by jumping in the deep end
> (see #1)
> FWIW I run a testing+unstable mix and accept the fact that the
> latest and greatest sometimes has problems and I can deal with
> them. It works well for me.
I make this test on Debian in anticipation of learning its technology.
I used 'Sarge-net-installation' because in my idea it will bring me the
up-to-date Debian OS similar to as I did in installing Gentoo 1.4
previously. But I met with several problems. With the assistance of
folks on this list I have overcome all of them. But the problem here
seems having no end. Now after upgrade Kmail can't send mail but can
receive mails. It looks to me a little bid funny.
I am prepared to remove this box soon after hearing some more
suggestions of remedy on existing problems because I expect to learn
through making mistake. Thereafter I will reinstall Debian 3.0 from CDs
to continue my exploration on Debian
Anyway thanks again.