I tried to install a wheezy 3.2 kernel package on an old lenny box
because a bit of USB hardware needed a newish kernel.
This almost worked very well, with minimal packages upgraded, but I
got this error:
Unpacking linux-image-3.2.0-2-486 (from
dpkg-deb: file /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.2.0-2-486_3.2.12-1_i386.deb'
contains ununderstood data member data.tar.xz , giving up
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.2.0-2-486_3.2.12-1_i386.deb (--unpack):
subprocess dpkg-deb --fsys-tarfile returned error exit status 2
It seems that the problem is that the version of dpkg in lenny, 1.14.31, does not
understand .xz. v1.15.6 is needed for that:
linux-image-3.2.0-2-486 ought to declare this (or stop using xz so that it can be
installed on very old machines, but that's probably not worth doing for this rather
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