Opened 3 years ago

Closed 16 months ago

Last modified 16 months ago

#1225 closed Bug / Defect (worksforme)

ubuntu packaging missing dependency on 'file'

Reported by: jcfp Owned by: Samuli Seppänen
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: Packaging Version: OpenVPN 2.4.7 (Community Ed)
Severity: Not set (select this one, unless your'e a OpenVPN developer) Keywords:


Installing the openvpn package for ubuntu bionic distributed via fails because its postinst script tries to use the file command, which may not be installed:

sudo apt-get install openvpn
Get:2 bionic/main amd64 openvpn amd64 2.4.7-bionic0 [478 kB]
Selecting previously unselected package openvpn.
Preparing to unpack .../openvpn_2.4.7-bionic0_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking openvpn (2.4.7-bionic0) ...
Setting up openvpn (2.4.7-bionic0) ...
/var/lib/dpkg/info/openvpn.postinst: 63: /var/lib/dpkg/info/openvpn.postinst: file: not found
dpkg: error processing package openvpn (--configure):
 installed openvpn package post-installation script subprocess returned error exit status 1
Processing triggers for systemd (237-3ubuntu10.31) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.27-3ubuntu1) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

The 'file' utility is provided by the package of the same name. Since the priority of that package isn't set to either required or essential, a dependency is necessary to ensure its presence.

I didn't check other ubuntu versions or debian, but the problem is likely to affect those as well.

Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 16 months ago by tct

Resolution: worksforme
Status: newclosed

Simple enough user work-around:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install file

This issue is two years old and is the only report of such that I can recall in ten years.

Please reopen if this occurs again.

Last edited 16 months ago by tct (previous) (diff)
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