apt should recommend to use apt-get clean in some error cases

Bug #1261117 reported by Chris Perry
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apt (Ubuntu)
Triaged
Wishlist
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Bug Description

Initially I was upgrading Ubuntu using apt-get and the upgrade of smbclient failed. Im running ubuntu 12.04 (upgraded from 10.04). This is an annoying error since although I never run smbclient myself an error icon is now permanently displayed on the barat the top of my desktop: "An error occurred. Please run Package Manager ...".

Here is the output when I retry the upgrade using apt-get -f install:

The following packages will be upgraded:
  smbclient
1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
39 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0 B/14.0 MB of archives.
After this operation, 9,216 B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
(Reading database ... 393766 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace smbclient 2:3.6.3-2ubuntu2.8 (using .../smbclient_2%3a3.6.3-2ubuntu2.9_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement smbclient ...
dpkg-deb (subprocess): failed to read on buffer copy for failed to write to pipe in copy: Input/output error
dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste returned error exit status 2
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/smbclient_2%3a3.6.3-2ubuntu2.9_i386.deb (--unpack):
 short read on buffer copy for backend dpkg-deb during `./usr/bin/smbget'
No apport report written because MaxReports has already been reached
                                                                    Processing triggers for man-db ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
 /var/cache/apt/archives/smbclient_2%3a3.6.3-2ubuntu2.9_i386.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

[end of output]

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Chris Perry (clissold345) wrote :

I got an automated message asking me to assign this bug to a package. The problem occurs when running update-manager (as I understand it) so that's the package Ive assigned the bug to.

affects: ubuntu → update-manager (Ubuntu)
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Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

This error:

Unpacking replacement smbclient ...
dpkg-deb (subprocess): failed to read on buffer copy for failed to write to pipe in copy: Input/output error

Indicates that the package has become corrupt on disk somehow. I'd first try removing the package from the cache by using apt-get clean, and then try apt-get -f install. The fact that the package became corrupt may be indicative a problem with your hard disk or memory though.

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Chris Perry (clissold345) wrote :

Hi Brian, thanks for your response. Yes the two commands that you suggest (apt-get clean and apt-get -f install) fix my problem. Thanks.

It was actually the output of apt-get upgrade that suggested I run apt-get -f install. Perhaps (in this situation) it should have suggested that I run both commands (apt-get clean and apt-get -f install)? Then I might have fixed the problem myself. Regards, Chris.

affects: update-manager (Ubuntu) → apt (Ubuntu)
summary: - Upgrade of smbclient fails
+ apt should recommend to use apt-get clean in some error cases
Changed in apt (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Ken Sharp (kennybobs)
tags: added: i386 precise
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