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Old 07-16-2018, 04:46 AM   #1
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Current64: slackpkg dialog error

On my Current64-based live CD slackpkg fails with a lot of GPG errors, whereas on my regular Current64 install slackpkg works as expected.
Via tracing I determined the problem to be in the dialog invocation from /usr/libexec/slackpkg/
+ xargs dialog --title reinstall --backtitle 'slackpkg 2.83.0' --checklist 'Choose packages to reinstall:' 19 70 13
[?1l>+ case "$?" in
+ dialog --clear
[?1l>++ cat /tmp/slackpkg.qdUGKo/dialog.out
++ tr -d '"'
Error: Expected 3 arguments, found only 2.
Use --help to list options.'
Using "slackpkg reinstall aalib" as an example the /tmp/slackpkg.XXXXXXX/dialog.tmp file on both the live CD and my regular install reads:
aalib-1.4rc5-x86_64-6.txz "" on
Changing the "" in e.g. "X" or even " " resolves (or rather works around) the problem.

On both systems the slackpkg and dialog packages (and the constituant files) have the same sizes and time stamps, as do the libraries as called by /bin/dialog.
I am completely flabbergasted, any hints would be appreciated.

Last edited by burdi01; 07-16-2018 at 06:14 AM.
Old 07-18-2018, 08:06 PM   #2
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From the -current64 changelog:

Sat Jun 23 04:57:41 UTC 2018
a/dialog-1.3_20170509-x86_64-2.txz:  Rebuilt.
  It seems the latest dialog causes a lot of breakage in the installer and
  other scripts. I looked over the diff since last time and nothing jumped
  out at me. Reverting to the previous version that worked properly.
Maybe this is the cause of your issues.
Old 07-19-2018, 02:41 AM   #3
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@david63025: Thank you for responding.
I keep my current installs current, so the dialog version is the Jun 23, 2018 one -- as I checked just to be sure.
Also the problem occurs on one install only, the other one is ok.

Last edited by burdi01; 07-19-2018 at 03:04 AM.


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