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Strange problem with symlinks

From: Marc Dequènes (Duck)
Subject: Strange problem with symlinks
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 18:21:17 +0200
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I'm just back to Hurd after a while of sleep, so don't be too harsh if i'm going wrong.

I created a KVM host using Azeem's qemu image, and upgraded to unstable. Then i wanted to start working on some packaging stuff while dpkg-source failed strangely, and i noticed extracting tarball containing relative symlink ended up with empty files in place of symlinks. Listing the content of the archive properly lists symlinks. Copying the tarball onto a Linux machine and extracting works. Creating symlinks, a tarball of them, and extracting again, works. The archive i was formerly working on was the parted tarball got using apt-get source.

Doing a new upgrade i also noticed this :
 Setting up libncurses5 (5.7+20090510-1) ...
 ldconfig: /usr/lib/libldap_r-2.4.so.2 is not a symbolic link
 ldconfig: /usr/lib/liblber-2.4.so.2 is not a symbolic link
And indeed there is a problem:
lrwxr-xr-x 1 root root 18 May 11 11:16 /usr/lib/libldap-2.4.so.2 -> libldap_r-2.4.so.2
 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 245396 Jul  8  2008 /usr/lib/libldap_r-2.4.so.2
 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 245400 Jul  8  2008 /usr/lib/libldap_r-2.4.so.2.0.6
So it seems to be a package extraction problem similar to the above.

I couldn't find anything about it on the list or elsewhere. Could someone help me ?


Marc Dequènes (Duck)

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