package boinc-client 6.10.59 dfsg-0ubuntu1 failed to install/upgrade: subprocess installed post-removal script returned error exit status 1: userdel: user boinc is currently logged in

Bug #789705 reported by Tory
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boinc (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: boinc

I did do one strange thing. I re-installed Natty several hours ago and before removing my previous installing I had backed up /usr/shar/boinc-client (whatever folder has the usage data in it) and after re-installing I attempted replace that folder so that I wouldn't lose any of the work units. The efforts seemed to have failed and I apt-get purge boinc* ... then I once again installed boinc... it had been running for a few hours.

At the time of the crash I was streaming a video over samba, had boinc running, chromium and pidgin... I think that was all... using vlc for the video.

I'm not an expert but I hope that helps!

ProblemType: Package
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: boinc-client 6.10.59+dfsg-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.42-generic 2.6.38.2
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-8-generic x86_64
AptOrdering:
 boinc-client: Purge
 boinc-manager: Purge
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat May 28 14:45:02 2011
ErrorMessage: subprocess installed post-removal script returned error exit status 1
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release amd64 (20110427.1)
SourcePackage: boinc
Title: package boinc-client 6.10.59+dfsg-0ubuntu1 failed to install/upgrade: subprocess installed post-removal script returned error exit status 1
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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Tory (tory-andrew-law) wrote :
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in boinc (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Gianfranco Costamagna (costamagnagianfranco) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. However, according to this report, you are not using the most recent version of this package for your Ubuntu release. Please upgrade to the most recent version and let us know if you are still having this issue. Thanks in advance.

Changed in boinc (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
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Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

The error is "userdel: user boinc is currently logged in" and it would still cause the postremoval script to fail.

Changed in boinc (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
summary: package boinc-client 6.10.59 dfsg-0ubuntu1 failed to install/upgrade:
- subprocess installed post-removal script returned error exit status 1
+ subprocess installed post-removal script returned error exit status 1:
+ userdel: user boinc is currently logged in
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Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

The "crash" happened when you purged boinc, not during its execution later on.

If it works now for you, everything is good.

However the bug is:
This means that the process was still running when the script tried to remove the user.

http://wiki.debian.org/AccountHandlingInMaintainerScripts discusses if a system user should get deleted after all.

Anyway, the server process should have been stopped anyway.

See bug #387945 about this issue in couchdb.

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Gianfranco Costamagna (costamagnagianfranco) wrote :

So could we close this as fix released?
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Gianfranco Costamagna (costamagnagianfranco) wrote :

Please try this ppa and boinc 7.8.1, and let me know if the problem still occurs by setting back the status to "new"
https://launchpad.net/~costamagnagianfranco/+archive/ubuntu/boinc/

Changed in boinc (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Incomplete
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for boinc (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in boinc (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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