[Pkg-emacsen-addons] Bug#886024: Bug#886024: emacs deb package install is hanging forever (locked file)

David Bremner david at tethera.net
Tue Jan 2 13:05:09 UTC 2018

"H.-Dirk Schmitt" <dirk at computer42.org> writes:

I undertand you have a clear idea in your head of what's going wrong,
but please try to answer the precise questions asked. 

> As written in the report, no error message is shown during normally
> processing with apt-get or dpkg.
> The error message was only shown by manually invoke:
> `emacs24 -q -batch -l package --eval (add-to-list 'package-directory-
> list "/usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/elpa-src") -f package-initialize -f
> batch-byte-compile markdown-mode-autoloads.el markdown-mode-pkg.el
> markdown-mode.el`

Yes, but what _is_ the complete error message?

> The root cause – the locked file - is outside the scope of the emacs
> packages, so a „purge and reinstall“ approach will fail and the
> situation will break the whole debian/ubuntu/… package update
> processing till the next time emacs is invoked by root as „interactive“
>  editor. 

Well, this might be true, but I currently don't know how to reproduce a
file being locked at startup, when using emacs -q. It seems likely it
has to be something specific to the setup of your machine. Have you
edited /etc/emacs/site-start.d/50anything-el.el? Also, what is the
complete list of startup files in /etc/emacs/site-start.d/ ?


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