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From Ed Kohlwey <>
Subject Bug in native package scripts on Ubuntu?
Date Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:00:32 GMT
While trying to install the native packages today on Ubuntu I found at
least one bug in the package scripts and what I think may be another.

I was wondering how well tested the scripts are?

First, the postinst script reads:

if [ -z $JAVA_HOME -o ! -f $JAVA_HOME/jre/bin/ ] ; then
  JAVA_HOME=`readlink -f /usr/bin/java`
  JAVA_HOME=`dirname $JAVA_HOME`
  JAVA_HOME=`cd $JAVA_HOME/../../; pwd`

if JAVA_HOME is unset, however, the script will fail because somehow two
arguments are passed to -f. It should read:

if [ -z "$JAVA_HOME" -o ! -f "$JAVA_HOME/jre/bin/" ] ; then
  JAVA_HOME=`readlink -f /usr/bin/java`
  JAVA_HOME=`dirname $JAVA_HOME`
  JAVA_HOME=`cd $JAVA_HOME/../../; pwd`

After fixing the quote problem, I'm still getting this error from dpkg

(Reading database ... 128812 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace accumulo-native 1.4.1 (using
accumulo-native_1.4.1-amd64.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement accumulo-native ...
Setting up accumulo-native (1.4.1) ...
cd: 25: can't cd to /usr/lib/accumulo/src/server/src/main/c++
make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found.  Stop.
dpkg: error processing accumulo-native (--install):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:

After investigating the error I've found that dpkg seems to make all the
new files in directories with the suffix .dpkg-new, and then it renames
them at some point. I was unable to determine via a casual google if this
should happen before or after the postinst script is run, but I'm wondering
if the assumption that the makefile and its dependencies will have their
normal names is an error.

Either way, that shouldn't cause the cd command to fail (although it might
cause the subsequent 'make' command to fail). I'm unsure at this point why
cd is failing because it appears that dpkg unpacks the data.tar.gz file
(although with its contents renamed), which I determined from running ls
while dpkg is running.

Anyone have any ideas?

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