Fails to create x86 chroot

Bug #1319153 reported by Zoltan Balogh on 2014-05-13
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
click (Ubuntu)
Colin Watson

Bug Description

The `sudo click chroot -a i386 -f ubuntu-sdk-14.04 create` command fails with this error:

E: Unable to locate package g++-i686-linux-gnu
E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'g++-i686-linux-gnu'
E: Unable to locate package pkg-config-i686-linux-gnu
Command returned 100: schroot -u root -c source:click-ubuntu-sdk-14.04-i386 -- /

The same with amd64 on my i386 machine fails as expected in a bit more spectacular way:

1) $ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu Utopic Unicorn (development branch)
Release: 14.10

2) $ apt-cache policy click
  Version table:
 *** 0
        500 utopic/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

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Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

I can confirm this issue.

Changed in click (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Michael Vogt (mvo)
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Triaged
Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

There was a problem with the sources.list generation in the chroot, the linked branch fixes this.

However there is still the problem that the chroot expects to have a
  "g++-%s" % target_tuple
package to do the cross build. So your example will stil fail.

I would like to get feedback from Colin what we should do:
- generate a better error but leave the cases when there is no g++-%(target_tuple)s available
- support chroot for native == target arch
- support the amd64 -> i386 as a special case

Or none of the above :) ?

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

I think we should probably have a table rather like that in mk-sbuild (perhaps reduced) of which architecture combinations can use native chroots, and generate native-building chroots in those cases rather than cross-building ones; so in the i386-on-amd64 case we would set self.native_arch to "i386". Then drop the -TARGET bit from g++ and libc-dev if self.native_arch == self.target_arch.

Both i386-on-amd64 and (of course) i386-on-i386 should then work.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2014-05-20
summary: - Failes to create x86 chroot
+ Fails to create x86 chroot
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

I've merged Michael's patch for sources.list generation. I'll take care of the remaining piece of this.

Changed in click (Ubuntu):
assignee: Michael Vogt (mvo) → Colin Watson (cjwatson)
status: Triaged → In Progress
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

By the way, for the case of an amd64 chroot on an i386 host system, we'll deal with this by just creating a native amd64 chroot; this is our only option because there's no i386-to-amd64 cross-compiler as such in the archive (and "gcc -m64" is a somewhat different kettle of fish that requires explicit build system support). This is perfectly workable, but only if you've taken special measures to install a 64-bit kernel on the i386 system so that it can execute 64-bit binaries.

I suspect that this is a fairly niche case; i386 chroot on amd64 host will likely be rather more common.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2014-05-20
Changed in click (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package click -

click ( utopic; urgency=medium

  [ Colin Watson ]
  * chroot: Force dpkg-architecture to recalculate everything rather than
    picking up values from the environment, to avoid the test suite getting
    confused by environment variables exported by dpkg-buildpackage.
  * tox.ini: Regularise whitespace.
  * Lintian complains about dh --with gir without a direct Build-
    Depends: gobject-introspection, although libgirepository1.0-dev
    depends on it. Build-depend on both.
  * Factor out some repetitive PackageKit error-reporting code.
  * Fix test coverage glitch.
  * Avoid ensure_dbing multiple times.
  * /custom/click, not /custom.
  * Remove trailing whitespace.
  * Document chroot session management.
  * Make manifest.json example actually be valid JSON.
  * Document that click chroot -s is mainly for debugging.
  * Allow specifying a framework base directly.
  * Fix docstring.
  * Add appropriate Since: annotations.
  * formatting
  * merge lp:~mvo/click/documentation-tweak
  * merge lp:~mvo/click/avoid-exposing-envvars

click (0.4.23) utopic; urgency=medium

  [ Michael Vogt ]
  * Show human-readable error message when a click chroot subcommand fails
    because of existing or non-existing chroots (LP: #1296820).
  * Selectively disable logging on some tests to avoid message spam during
    the test runs.
  * When running hooks, remove hook symlinks if framework requirements are
    not met (LP: #1271944).
  * Cleanup the chroot if "click chroot create" fails (unless
    --keep-broken-chroot is used)
  * Fix sources.list generation when native_arch and target_arch are on the
    same archive server (part of LP #1319153).
  * Add "click framework list" command to list available frameworks
    (LP: #1294659).

  [ Pete Woods ]
  * Add libunity-scopes-dev package to chroot (LP: #1320786).

  [ Sergio Schvezov ]
  * click chroot creation depends on dpkg-architecture, so recommend

  [ Colin Watson ]
  * chroot: Handle the case where we can execute binaries for the target
    architecture directly and thus don't need a cross-compiler
    (LP: #1319153).
 -- Ubuntu daily release <email address hidden> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:15:41 +0000

Changed in click (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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