[Piuparts-devel] Bug#767489: Bug#767489: sid2experimental checks fail due to apt changing ownership of /var/cache/apt/archives/partial

Holger Levsen holger at layer-acht.org
Fri Oct 31 12:26:27 UTC 2014

Hi Helmut,

thanks for tracking down this issue and this bug report!

(do you need/want cc:s?)

On Freitag, 31. Oktober 2014, Helmut Grohne wrote:
> The experimental version of apt adds privilege separation. It drops root
> when downloading binary packages from mirrors to be less vulnerable to
> bugs in the transport (http, ftp, ...) implementation. In order to do
> so, the unprivileged process needs to be able to write to the partial
> folder. Thus apt changes ownership of that folder as can be seen above.
> It is not clear to me, how to make the sid2experimental tests useful
> again.

maybe be simply ignoring changes to /var/cache/apt/archives/partial/ ?

seems simple and effective and has rather little downsides, I think.

> Please keep in mind that apt will eventually get uploaded to sid. At
> that point this bug will apply to all testing2sid checks.


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