[Piuparts-devel] Bug#677238: piuparts: does not play well with TMPDIR on tmpfs

Luca Capello luca at pca.it
Tue Jun 12 15:04:33 UTC 2012

Package: piuparts
Version: 0.44
Severity: important
Usertags: debian-packaging
User: debian-qa at lists.debian.org
Usertags: piuparts

Hi there!

My setup is described at:


When TMPDIR is on tmpfs, I get errors like:
Purging configuration files for bacula-sd ...
/var/lib/dpkg/info/bacula-sd.postrm: 28: /var/lib/dpkg/info/bacula-sd.postrm: cannot create /dev/null: Permission denied
/var/lib/dpkg/info/bacula-sd.postrm: 31: /var/lib/dpkg/info/bacula-sd.postrm: cannot create /dev/null: Permission denied
/var/lib/dpkg/info/bacula-sd.postrm: 51: /var/lib/dpkg/info/bacula-sd.postrm: cannot create /dev/null: Permission denied
dpkg: error processing bacula-sd (--purge):

Full logs are available at:


Please note that I discovered this bug with initscripts_2.88dsf-27
(exactly about /dev/null): however, given that `pbuilder --update`
worked with no problem, I simply thought about a temporary problem and
did not investigate more until today.

Thx, bye,
Gismo / Luca

-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (990, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.3.0-trunk-amd64 (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/dash

Versions of packages piuparts depends on:
ii  apt     
ii  debootstrap       1.0.40
ii  lsb-release       4.1+Debian7
ii  lsof              4.86+dfsg-1
ii  python            2.7.3~rc2-1
ii  python-apt        0.8.4
ii  python-debian     0.1.21
ii  python-debianbts  1.11
ii  python2.6         2.6.7-4
ii  python2.7         2.7.3~rc2-2.1

piuparts recommends no packages.

Versions of packages piuparts suggests:
ii  ghostscript  9.05~dfsg-6
pn  python-rpy   <none>

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