Re: Problem on dpkg --unpack.
>In <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Magicloud
>>tar: ./postrm: Cannot utime: Bad file descriptor
>>tar: ./postinst: Cannot utime: Bad file descriptor
>>tar: ./md5sums: Cannot utime: Bad file descriptor
>>tar: ./shlibs: Cannot utime: Bad file descriptor
>>tar: ./control: Cannot utime: Bad file descriptor
>>tar: ./symbols: Cannot utime: Bad file descriptor
>>tar: .: Cannot utime: Bad file descriptor
>>tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors
>>dpkg-deb: subprocess tar returned error exit status 2
>>dpkg: error processing
>> subprocess dpkg-deb --control returned error exit status 2
>>I cannot quite understand this. What happened?
>>I have test the .deb file with 7-zip, the file is not interrupted.
>Some filesystem full or near full? Using a filesystem that doesn't support
>all the POSIX timestamps?
I have the same problem. It appeared just after upgrading libc6 from 2.10.2-2
to 2.10.2-3. Looking at the eglibc Changelog may help (but I didn't find
I tried to find the reason, and it seems to come from touch. Touch now works
for me only for files, but not for folders:
$ ls -l
drwxr-xr-x 2 user users 4096 jan. 4 17:22 test_directory
-rw-r--r-- 1 user users 0 jan. 4 17:22 test_file
touch: setting times of `test_directory': Bad file descriptor
tar uses touch and fails, dpkg uses tar and apt-get uses dpkg, so apt-get
fails :). Other programs using touch on folders (such as postfix) fail to
A small quick and dirty hack is to use the --touch option for tar. You can do
this with "$export TAR_OPTIONS='--touch'". After this, tar seems to work,
postfix starts again. Unfortunately, dpkg does not use $TAR_OPTIONS (as said
in bug #530860) and I didn't find a solution to pass an option to tar in dpkg.
My filesystem is ext3, my partition is not full. It worked well with
libc6-2.10.2-2. I have quite an old kernel (188.8.131.52 modified by my hosting
Without tar/dpkg/apt-get, it seems quite difficult to downgrade libc6 to
2.10.2-2. If someone had an idea, that would be *great* news.