Purge leaves behind some files in /lib/modules

Bug #345623 reported by Matt Zimmerman
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Bryan Wu

Bug Description

While purging some old kernels, I noticed warnings from dpkg that it was not removing /lib/modules/xxx.

Here's what was left behind:

perseus:[/lib/modules] ls 2.6.28-{8,10}-generic
modules.alias.bin modules.dep.bin modules.symbols.bin

modules.alias.bin modules.dep.bin modules.symbols.bin

Removing the package should clean up all of the files associated with that version of the kernel.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
MachineType: LENOVO 6465CTO
Package: linux-image-2.6.28-11-generic 2.6.28-11.35
ProcCmdLine: root=UUID=305dde78-d20a-4248-aaf4-09447b7c5791 ro quiet splash
 PATH=(custom, user)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.28-11.35-generic
SourcePackage: linux

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Matt Zimmerman (mdz) wrote :
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Bryan Wu (cooloney)
Changed in linux:
assignee: nobody → cooloney
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Andy Whitcroft (apw) wrote :

@cooloney -- seems that we have another report of this, which I have dup'd against this original. Also I hear rumours its being talked about in the forums. Sounds like its annoying people.

Changed in linux:
status: Triaged → In Progress
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Loïc Minier (lool) wrote :

To reiterate the fix I proposed in the dup-ed bug:
"""The remaining files are:
% ls /lib/modules/2.6.28-10-generic
modules.alias.bin modules.dep.bin modules.symbols.bin

I believe debian/control-scripts/prerm should be updated to list these in @files_to_remove."""

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Bryan Wu (cooloney) wrote :

I already added these 3 fils to the remove file list of debian/control-scripts/prerm. And test it on my Jaunty amd64 machine.

This bug should be fixed.


Changed in linux:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package linux - 2.6.28-11.38

linux (2.6.28-11.38) jaunty; urgency=low

  [ Brad Figg ]

  * When AppArmor is configured, securityfs must be as well.
    - LP: #344370
  * ARM: Enable AA with SECURITYFS for imx51
    - LP: #344370

  [ Bryan Wu ]

  * Add 3 missing files to prerm remove file list
    - LP: #345623

  [ Daniel T Chen ]

  * SAUCE: (drop after 2.6.28) Don't trust hw-ptr blindly
    - LP: #330814
  * SAUCE: (drop after 2.6.28) Apply further pcm_lib updates for hw_ptr
    - LP: #330814

  [ Ike Panhc ]

  * Copy header files for various kernel media driver
    - LP: #322732

  [ Tim Gardner ]

  * Revert "Fix the VFP handling on the Feroceon CPU"
    Only applied to mv78xx0 ARM flavour.
  * Enabled drivers/staging/at76_usb
    - LP: #152626

  [ <email address hidden> ]

  * SAUCE: ipw2200: Enable LED by default
    - LP: #21367
  * SAUCE: wistron_btns: support Prestigio Wifi RF kill button over suspend
    - LP: #346586

  [ Upstream Kernel Changes ]

  * Build fix for __early_pfn_to_nid() undefined link error
  * Fix misreporting of #cores as #hyperthreads for Q9550
  * eventfd: remove fput() call from possible IRQ context
  * S390: __div64_31 broken for CONFIG_MARCH_G5
  * ALSA: Fix vunmap and free order in snd_free_sgbuf_pages()
  * ALSA: mixart, fix lock imbalance
  * ALSA: pcm_oss, fix locking typo
  * ALSA: hda - Fix DMA mask for ATI controllers
  * ALSA: hda - Workaround for buggy DMA position on ATI controllers
  * ALSA: opl3sa2 - Fix NULL dereference when suspending snd_opl3sa2
  * nfsd: nfsd should drop CAP_MKNOD for non-root
  * NFSD: provide encode routine for OP_OPENATTR
  * dm ioctl: validate name length when renaming
  * dm io: respect BIO_MAX_PAGES limit
  * dm crypt: fix kcryptd_async_done parameter
  * dm crypt: wait for endio to complete before destruction
  * ata_piix: add workaround for Samsung DB-P70
  * V4L/DVB (10218): cx23885: Fix Oops for mixed install of analog and
    digital only cards
  * thinkpad-acpi: fix module autoloading for older models
  * Add '-fwrapv' to gcc CFLAGS
  * Move cc-option to below arch-specific setup
  * USB: storage: Unusual USB device Prolific 2507 variation added
  * USB: Add Vendor/Product ID for new CDMA U727 to option driver
  * USB: option.c: add ZTE 622 modem device
  * USB: Add device id for Option GTM380 to option driver
  * USB: Option: let cdc-acm handle Sony Ericsson F3507g / Dell 5530
  * USB: Updated unusual-devs entry for USB mass storage on Nokia 6233
  * USB: unusual_devs: Add support for GI 0431 SD-Card interface
  * USB: serial: add FTDI USB/Serial converter devices
  * USB: serial: ftdi: enable UART detection on gnICE JTAG adaptors
    blacklist interface0
  * USB: serial: new cp2101 device id
  * USB: usbtmc: fix stupid bug in open()
  * USB: usbtmc: add protocol 1 support
  * USB: usbfs: keep async URBs until the device file is closed
  * USB: EHCI: expedite unlinks when the root hub is suspended
  * USB: EHCI: Fix isochronous URB leak
  * powerpc: Remove extra semicolon in fsl_soc.c
  * menu: fix embedded menu snafu
  * Linux
  * Add '-fwrapv' to gcc CFLAGS
    - LP: #348015
  * Move cc-option to below arch-s...


Changed in linux:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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Dimitrios Symeonidis (azimout) wrote :

is it possible that the patch got dropped somewhere on the way to karmic?
i'm looking at my /var/lib/dpkg/info/linux-image-2.6.31-9-generic.prerm and I don't see these three files:

sub success () {
  my @files_to_remove = qw{
    modules.dep modules.isapnpmap modules.pcimap
    modules.usbmap modules.parportmap
    modules.generic_string modules.ieee1394map
    modules.ieee1394map modules.pnpbiosmap
    modules.alias modules.ccwmap modules.inputmap
    modules.symbols modules.ofmap modules.seriomap

  foreach my $extra_file (@files_to_remove) {
    if (-f "/lib/modules/$version/$extra_file") {
      unlink "/lib/modules/$version/$extra_file";
  exit 0;

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → New
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Loïc Minier (lool) wrote :

The changes were not ever merged in the karmic tree; see bug #415832. Kernel team told me that they have a tag in the jaunty tree for changes which they still need to merge into karmic.

Closing this bug again, please use the other one.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
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Dimitrios Symeonidis (azimout) wrote :

Ok, thank you

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