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[OT] Re: sed fails to upgrade on debian sid; file date of 1969?

On Mon, 21 May 2007 16:57:52 -0400
nick lidakis <nlidakis@verizon.net> wrote:

> I'm having trouble upgrading my Debian Sid laptop after attempting 
> dselect install. Dselect quits with this error:
> Preparing to replace sed 4.1.5-1 (using 
> ..../archives/sed_4.1.5-2_i386.deb) ...
> Unpacking replacement sed ...
> dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/sed_4.1.5-2_i386.deb 
> (--unpack):
>   unable to make backup link of 
> `./usr/share/locale/ca/LC_MESSAGES/sed.mo' before installing new 
> version: Operation not permitted
> dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
> Errors were encountered while processing:
>   /var/cache/apt/archives/sed_4.1.5-2_i386.deb
> E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
> Some errors occurred while unpacking. I'm going to configure the
> packages that were installed. This may result in duplicate errors
> or errors caused by missing dependencies. This is OK, only the errors
> above this message are important. Please fix them and run [I]nstall
> again Press enter to continue.
> I did not have this problem with my home box; Debian Sid as well.
> Also, the file sed.mo has a date of 1969. ls -alt sed.mo reveals:
> thinkpad:/usr/share/locale/ca/LC_MESSAGES# ls -alt sed.mo
> c---rwxrwx 5389 2484475149 353247318 247, 62 Dec 31  1969 sed.mo
> Googling for help, does not.
> Any ideas? I am not even allowed to move or delete the file via the
> shell.

So sed is one of the oldest Unix commands... ;-)


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