apt's dpkgpm.cc WriteApportReport function should gather more data

Bug #1825021 reported by Brian Murray on 2019-04-16
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apt (Ubuntu)
Status tracked in Eoan

Bug Description

While fixing bug 1813464 it occurred to me that it is not obvious that the dist-upgrader tarball includes its own copy of invoke-rc.d and that this has been complicated to debug more than once. The apport information in that report was gathered by apt's dpkgpm.cc code and I think we should extend that to gather additional information from the environment at the time that the package installation failed. For example the dist-upgrader sets the following:

        os.environ["PATH"] = "%s:%s" % (os.getcwd()+"/imported",

Gathering path from the environment would have made diagnosing bug 1813464 a lot easier. I tested modifying dpkgpm.cc with the following:

   if(const char* env_p = std::getenv("PATH"))
      fprintf(report, "EnvPATH: %s\n", env_p);

I then installed the crash-in-postinst package from the daisy-plucker-seeds PPA and received a crash report with the EnvPATH key and value. Its worth noting that when apport gathers environment information only a white listed set of keys is gathered to prevent disclosing potentially sensitive information. So we should look at what environment variables the dist-upgrader sets and gather those at a minimum.

Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

In the event that this were SRU'ed for it to be useful we'd need to SRU apt to the release from which people were upgrading.

tags: added: disco rls-ee-incoming
Changed in apt (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Julian Andres Klode (juliank) wrote :

FWIW, apt actually overrides PATH since bionic or cosmic or something like that.

tags: added: id-5cb602c6889ce851761205ca

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 04:36:04PM -0000, Julian Andres Klode wrote:
> FWIW, apt actually overrides PATH since bionic or cosmic or something
> like that.

If that is the case then how could have the original bug been an issue?

Brian Murray

David Kalnischkies (donkult) wrote :

No idea about Ubuntu specifically, but it should be in upstream since apt 1.8.0~alpha3 release on Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:02:11 +0100.
See also: https://salsa.debian.org/apt-team/apt/merge_requests/38

Steve Langasek (vorlon) on 2019-05-09
tags: removed: rls-ee-incoming
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