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Old 08-22-2008, 06:46 AM
Edward Welbourne
Default Bug#496025: linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7: New kernels always ruminate about removing the same dangling symlink

Package: linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7
Version: 2.6.18.dfsg.1-22etch2
Severity: minor

Every time a new kernel installs, I get a warning message about a
dangling symbolic link that it decides to remove. This is produced
by the linux-image-*.postinst function fix_build_link when it finds
a dangling link - which it always does.

Either this warning is irrelevant, in which case the user should not be
troubled with it, or it means something, in which case the package
building process should be fixed so that you stop shipping packages that
contain this dangling symlink.

(Forwarded via a different host, since the machine which is old and slow
enough to let me read the message has no mail connectivity. It's also
running an older kernel, since it fails to find network with the newer
kernel - whereas the older kernel's failure to find the mouse is easilly
fixed by modprobe psmouse !)

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
APT prefers oldstable
APT policy: (500, 'oldstable'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.8-3-k7
Locale: LANG=en_GB, LC_CTYPE=en_GB (charmap=ISO-8859-1)

Versions of packages linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7 depends on:
ii coreutils 5.97-5.3 The GNU core utilities
ii debconf [debconf-2.0] 1.5.11etch2 Debian configuration management sy
ii initramfs-tools [linux-initr 0.85i tools for generating an initramfs
ii module-init-tools 3.3-pre4-2 tools for managing Linux kernel mo
ii yaird [linux-initramfs-tool] 0.0.12-18 Yet Another mkInitRD

Versions of packages linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7 recommends:
ii libc6-i686 2.3.6.ds1-13etch7 GNU C Library: Shared libraries [i

-- debconf information:
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/prerm/removing-running-kernel-2.6.18-6-k7: true
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/postinst/depmod-error-2.6.18-6-k7: false
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/preinst/lilo-initrd-2.6.18-6-k7: true
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/postinst/depmod-error-initrd-2.6.18-6-k7: false
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/postinst/old-system-map-link-2.6.18-6-k7: true
shared/kernel-image/really-run-bootloader: true
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/postinst/create-kimage-link-2.6.18-6-k7: true
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/postinst/old-dir-initrd-link-2.6.18-6-k7: true
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/preinst/elilo-initrd-2.6.18-6-k7: true
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/prerm/would-invalidate-boot-loader-2.6.18-6-k7: true
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/preinst/bootloader-initrd-2.6.18-6-k7: true
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/preinst/overwriting-modules-2.6.18-6-k7: true
linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7/postinst/old-initrd-link-2.6.18-6-k7: true

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