gdebi returns success on dpkg error

Bug #1033631 reported by Amit Uttamchandani
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gdebi (Ubuntu)
Fix Released

Bug Description

I noticed if the package errors out (for example, if the postinst script fails), gdebi still returns a '0' indicating a successfull install. It should return a '1' indicating the package failed to install.

The use case is when calling gdebi from a C program that looks for the return status as indication of success or failure. In the case described, dpkg returns a 1 on error while gdebi returns 0.

An easy way to reproduce is to modify an existing debian postinst to exit 1 instead of exit 0 (usually last line of postinst script). Run it by dpkg and gdebi and compare the resulting return status.

Revision history for this message
Luca Falavigna (dktrkranz) wrote :
Changed in gdebi (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Fix Committed
Revision history for this message
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gdebi - 0.8.5ubuntu1

gdebi (0.8.5ubuntu1) quantal; urgency=low

  * gdebi, GDebi/
    - Return dpkg error code (LP: #1033631).
  * gdebi-gtk, gdebi-kde:
    - Convert help options with unicode (LP: #976253).
  * GDebi/
    - Port to new GIO API (LP: #858700).
  * GDebi/, data/gdebi.ui:
    - Mark menu and labels as sensitive at startup (LP: #1000014).
  * GDebi/, GDebi/
    - Also handle ValueError exception (LP: #980457).
  * GDebi/
    - Fall-back on kdesu if kdesudo is not available (LP: #949869).
  * debian/control:
    - Add xz-utils to gdebi-core Suggests field (Closes: #685193).
  * po/pt.po:
    - Fix translation string which erroneously used three format string
      parameters instead of two (LP: #964895).
 -- Luca Falavigna <email address hidden> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 15:21:29 +0200

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