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Old 11-15-2020, 01:18 PM   #1
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slackpkg clean-system wants to remove /var/log/packages as a package


Hi everyone,

I am on Slackware64-current, now, and loving it!
However, after performing the latest updates of today, i.e. Sun Nov 15 00:02:28 UTC 2020, I also ran

Code:
slackpkg clean-system
To my surprise, the list of packages to be removed contains /var/log/packages. Which isn't a package as such, actually, right? I must have accidently done something severely stupid, but I have no idea, what it could be.

I really have no clue what's going on here. Does anyone else see this?
I'd appreciate any recommendation how to find out, how this directory made it into the list...
Thanks in advance!

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Old 11-15-2020, 04:56 PM   #2
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Can you provide the actual output?
 
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Old 11-16-2020, 03:55 AM   #3
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Yes please provide an output if you can. No issues here.
 
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Old 11-16-2020, 04:29 AM   #4
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Can you provide the actual output?
Sure, find a screenshot attached. Probably slackpkg writes some log files, too. Where do I find them? (No hint in the man page).

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Old 11-16-2020, 04:45 AM   #5
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is that not simply removing entries of packages that won't exist any more i.e simply an updating of /var/log/packages ?
 
Old 11-16-2020, 06:18 AM   #6
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Well that's definitely not supposed to be there.

Did you select those items or where they selected automatically?

Do you have slackpkg+ installed? I am thinking no.

The items in the list are not Slackware packages (as it should be), except for that one /var/log/packages item.

I am also guessing your are not using /etc/slackpkg/blacklist.

I looks like you might have multilib installed too.

The only thing I can think of at this point to rebuild the slackpkg database.
From root of course:
Code:
rm -rf /var/cache/packages
rm -rf /var/lib/slackpkg
slackpkg update gpg
slackpkg update
This assumes you have /etc/slackpkg/mirrors pointing to a valid mirror.

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Old 11-16-2020, 08:19 AM   #7
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Well that's definitely not supposed to be there.

Did you select those items or where they selected automatically?

Do you have slackpkg+ installed? I am thinking no.

The items in the list are not Slackware packages (as it should be), except for that one /var/log/packages item.

I am also guessing your are not using /etc/slackpkg/blacklist.

I looks like you might have multilib installed too.
All correct. I selected the 3rd part packages manually, because I want to keep most of them.

Quote:

The only thing I can think of at this point to rebuild the slackpkg database.
From root of course:
Code:
rm -rf /var/cache/packages
rm -rf /var/lib/slackpkg
slackpkg update gpg
slackpkg update
This assumes you have /etc/slackpkg/mirrors pointing to a valid mirror.
Thanks, just tried it, but /var/log/packages is still included in the list of packages to be removed for a "clean" system.
To be honest, I am a little afraid that having slackpkg remove /var/log/packages will do quite a bit more than removing 3rd party packages. If this wasn't my main box I'd give it try and see, what would happen...

Thanks anyhow, good advice in any case, just not quite there, yet.

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Old 11-16-2020, 08:36 AM   #8
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All correct. I selected the 3rd part packages manually, because I want to keep most of them.



Thanks, just tried it, but /var/log/packages is still included in the list of packages to be removed for a "clean" system.
To be honest, I am a little afraid that having slackpkg remove /var/log/packages will do quite a bit more than removing 3rd party packages. If this wasn't my main box I'd give it try and see, what would happen...

Thanks anyhow, good advice in any case, just not quite there, yet.

gargamel
I let slackpkg try and remove \var\log\packages and did not receive an error. It didn't actually remove it that I am aware of.

*edited to say that I did not receive an error.

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Old 11-16-2020, 08:39 AM   #9
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Did you recently upgrade from 14.2 to current?

The location of /var/log/packages was moved to /var/lib/pkgtools/packages with only a symlink in the log directory to the lib directory.

I'm wondering if the package list is out of place on your system?
 
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Old 11-16-2020, 09:10 AM   #10
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I just edited my comment because I can't read. :-p I did not receive an error at all.
 
Old 11-16-2020, 09:46 AM   #11
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it must be something wrong with dialog interface when you feed dialog widget
 
Old 11-16-2020, 11:50 AM   #12
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Can you provide the output of the following?

Code:
ls -l /var/lib/pkgtools/packages/*package*
 
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Old 11-16-2020, 04:16 PM   #13
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Can you provide the output of the following?

Code:
ls -l /var/lib/pkgtools/packages/*package*
Here's the output on my system.

Code:
$ ls -l /var/lib/pkgtools/packages/*package*
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 8003 Nov 15 13:36 /var/lib/pkgtools/packages/kpackage-5.76.0-x86_64-1_vtown_1
 
Old 11-16-2020, 06:24 PM   #14
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Definitely not a rogue entry in /var/lib/pkgtools/packages/...

Now some questions to see if we can find out what could've caused this...

How did you get to your present version from what was installed? (Did you install 14.2 and update to -current or did you directly install -current?)
How long has your system been on -current?
How frequently do you upgrade your -current install?
What version of slackpkg are you using (and slackpkg+, if that's installed)? (ls -l /var/lib/pkgtools/packages/*slackpkg*)
 
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Old 11-16-2020, 06:29 PM   #15
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And out of curiosity, does the following command provide anything?

Code:
slackpkg info /var/log/packages
 
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