[Aptitude-devel] Bug#766122: thwarted due to missing partial/ directory that we aren't going to use anyway

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 15:55:57 GMT 2016

Control: tags -1 + pending


2014-10-21 01:16 積丹尼 Dan Jacobson:
>Package: aptitude
>Version: 0.6.11-1
>Severity: wishlist
>Here we see that we had all the archives we needed,
>but are thwarted anyway due to a missing partial/ directory that we
>aren't going to be using anyway.
>Need to get 0 B of archives. After unpacking 98.2 MB will be used.
>Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?] Y
>E: Archives directory /mnt/usb/extra1/partial is missing. - Acquire (30: Read-only file system)
>Writing extended state information...
>In the worst case the user could not proceed and must make a trip to
>town to purchase additional read-write media upon which to make a
>partial/ directory.

... or alternatively, if it's a knowledgeable user, it can occur to
her/him to create a symlink/bind-mount/etc to somewhere writeable, like
the /tmp/blah directory, to appease the stubborn program.

(BTW, it would help to have more descriptive titles, e.g. including
words such as "download" or [parts of] the error message, so it's easier
to find related bugs when people are looking into a particular area).

Anyway, got a way around this, so marking as +pending.

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <manuel.montezelo at gmail.com>

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