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Old 05-02-2010, 10:45 AM   #1
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Problem after upgrading sudo on Debian SID!


I'm running Debian SID and am experiencing a problem with sudo, but I can't find any information about it that suggests it's a common one.

I tried to upgrade my packages, as I do regularly with the following commands:

aptitude update
aptitude upgrade

the sudo package was in the list of packages to be upgraded, however I keep receiving an error that says unable to install. I purged sudo and tried installing again from scratch. However the same thing keeps happenning.

I have removed the sudo package for now, but now can't use GDM, because it depends on sudo.

I would send the full error information, but am currently unable to mount USB sticks

I have also tried:



dpkg --configure sudo

with no success.

Is this something other people running SID have experienced, or is there something majorly wrong on my system?

I have also tried to force the install with the -f option.

If there is something wrong on my system any pointers as to what it may be would be great!

Thanks in advance and sorry this post is a bit disorganised.

Old 05-02-2010, 11:20 AM   #2
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we're going to need the full, exact error message and your sources.list
Old 05-03-2010, 02:09 PM   #3
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I managed to get a USB stick mounted, and was able to copy the output from when I try to install sudo and my sources.list.

sources.list: unstable main contrib non-free

#deb lenny/updates main
#deb-src lenny/updates main

#deb unstable/volatile main
#deb-src lenny/volatile main

deb unstable main
deb-src unstable main

#deb lenny-backports main contrib non-free

deb debian/

deb unstable-proposed-updates contrib non-free
deb-src unstable-proposed-updates contrib non-free

deb stable non-free

#deb unstable madwifi

deb unstable main contrib non-free

deb-src unstable main contrib non-free

#deb http://kernel-archive.buildserver.met/debian-kernel unstable main

Output when I try to install sudo:

Reading package lists...
Building dependency tree...
Reading state information...
Reading extended state information...
Initializing package states...
Reading task descriptions...
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 packages upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/309kB of archives. After unpacking 590kB will be used.
Writing extended state information...
(Reading database ...
(Reading database ... 5%
(Reading database ... 10%
(Reading database ... 15%
(Reading database ... 20%
(Reading database ... 25%
(Reading database ... 30%
(Reading database ... 35%
(Reading database ... 40%
(Reading database ... 45%
(Reading database ... 50%
(Reading database ... 55%
(Reading database ... 60%
(Reading database ... 65%
(Reading database ... 70%
(Reading database ... 75%
(Reading database ... 80%
(Reading database ... 85%
(Reading database ... 90%
(Reading database ... 95%
(Reading database ... 100%
(Reading database ... 247166 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking sudo (from .../sudo_1.7.2p6-1_i386.deb) ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/sudo_1.7.2p6-1_i386.deb (--unpack):
error creating hard link `./usr/bin/sudoedit': No such file or directory
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
Reading package lists...
Building dependency tree...
Reading state information...
Reading extended state information...
Initializing package states...
Reading task descriptions...

Any help you can give me would be great.

Thanks in advance,


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