[Debconf-devel] Bug#486094: debconf: hangs on selecting "show a side-by-side difference between the versions"

Teemu Ikonen tpikonen at gmail.com
Fri Jun 13 10:58:38 UTC 2008

Package: debconf
Version: 1.5.22
Severity: normal

Debconf goes into infinite loop and starts consuming all the cpu when 
selecting the "show a side-by-side difference between the versions" 
option from the locally modified configuration files dialog. This
seems to happen with all frontends. Here's an example session with the
readline frontend, interrupted by CTRL-C:


Preparing to replace bash-completion 20060301-4 (using
..../bash-completion_20060301-4_all.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement bash-completion ...
Setting up bash-completion (20060301-4) ...
Modified configuration file

A new version of configuration file /etc/bash_completion is available,
but the 
version installed currently has been locally modified.

1. install the package maintainer's version
2. keep the local version currently installed
3. show the differences between the versions
4. show a side-by-side difference between the versions
5. start a new shell to examine the situation

What would you like to do about bash_completion? 4

^Cdpkg: error processing bash-completion (--install):
 subprocess post-installation script killed by signal (Interrupt)
 Errors were encountered while processing:



-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (400, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.25-2-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages debconf depends on:
ii  debconf-i18n                  1.5.22     full internationalization support 
ii  perl-base                     5.10.0-10  The Pathologically Eclectic Rubbis

Versions of packages debconf recommends:
ii  apt-utils                     0.7.14+b1  APT utility programs

-- debconf information:
  debconf/frontend: Dialog
  debconf/priority: high

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