libapt-pkg regression: infinite loop on processing certain Pre-Depends

Bug #985852 reported by Malcolm Scott
This bug affects 1 person
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apt (Ubuntu)
Fix Released

Bug Description

Summary: a typo in apt-pkg/ means that certain Pre-Depends cannot be processed, causing libapt-pkg to hang.

Details: I have a custom package whose control file contains
  Pre-Depends: grub-pc | grub
When I attempt to install this on a system which has grub installed already but not grub-pc, apt-get hangs indefinitely, in an infinite loop inside pkgPackageManager::SmartUnPack.

This situation, in which one of the pre-depends is already installed, should be handled in the block starting at apt-pkg/ ("Look for easy targets: packages that are already okay"). However this fails to inspect anything but the first pre-depend option as line 615 refers to Start rather than Cur (repeatedly looking at the first package in the iterator, not the current value of the iterator).

The error has been replicated a few lines further down, which means the subsequent code also fails to resolve the situation (e.g. in the case that the second pre-depend is simultaneously being installed explicitly).

I attach a debdiff.

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Malcolm Scott (malcscott) wrote :
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Malcolm Scott (malcscott) wrote :

I should have said: this bug is in apt 0.8.16~exp12ubuntu9 in precise. This behaviour did not occur in oneiric or any other previous version I have used.

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tags: added: patch
Michael Vogt (mvo)
Changed in apt (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → High
Michael Vogt (mvo)
Changed in apt (Ubuntu):
milestone: none → precise-updates
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package apt - 0.8.16~exp12ubuntu10

apt (0.8.16~exp12ubuntu10) precise-proposed; urgency=low

  [ Malcolm Scott ]
  * apt-pkg/
    - Fix a regression in the pre-depend handling: where a pre-depend option
      other than the first specified is already installed, apt-get enters an
      infinite loop (LP: #985852)

  [ Michael Vogt ]
  * apt-pkg/
    - add APT::pkgPackageManager::MaxLoopCount to ensure that the
      ordering code does not get into a endless loop when it flip-flops
      between two states

  [ David Kalnischkies ]
  * apt-pkg/
    - actually return to the fallback modifier if we have detected we
      should for packagenames which look like modifiers (Closes: #669591)
      LP: #982716
 -- Michael Vogt <email address hidden> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:10:12 +0200

Changed in apt (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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Malcolm Scott (malcscott) wrote :

Many thanks for getting this fix into precise quickly! Very much appreciated.

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Malcolm Scott (malcscott) wrote :

Is there any chance this patch could also be applied to release-upgrader-apt in lucid? I'm encountering the same bug on release upgrade from lucid to precise (with the aforementioned custom package installed).

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