Bug#842786: numix-icon-theme: FTBFS (dpkg-source can't extract orig tarball)

Santiago Vila sanvila at unex.es
Wed Nov 2 11:11:52 UTC 2016

On Tue, 1 Nov 2016, Jeremy Bicha wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 5:57 AM, Santiago Vila <sanvila at debian.org> wrote:
> > The original tarball does not contain any directories:
> >
> > $ tar tvf numix-icon-theme_0~20160619.217701b.orig.tar.xz | grep ^d
> > [ no output at all ]
> I think your syntax is wrong because the original tarball definitely
> does contain directories: your log snippet itself shows 9 directories!

(Just try "tar tvf" without the grep to see it for yourself :-)

It contains directory/file entries, but not directory entries as such.
This is because (as I read debian/rules) it was created this way:

find [...] -type f -print | tar [...]

i.e. only files, no directories.

This is just what triggers the problem, but maybe not really "the problem",
which is probably just a problem in Linux as pointed out by Ben.

So please don't repack the tarball.

I still would like to know for sure whether or not this is buildable
in buildd.debian.org.

If you have any pending changes to make I would appreciate if you could
make the next upload in source-only form (dpkg-buildpackage -S).

Even if the package is Arch:all, it will be autobuilt and we could see
the build log here:


(I'm also going to ask sbuild maintainer for his opinion).

BTW: I would still like you to reproduce the problem. Please try
a pure Debian stretch system (which may be a virtual machine)
and a stretch chroot. If you still can't reproduce it that
way, contact me privately and I would then consider giving you
access to a virtual machine where I definitely can.


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