Regression bug: can't preseed download location

Bug #1022891 reported by Ballock
This bug affects 15 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
msttcorefonts (Ubuntu)
In Progress
Siggi Langauf

Bug Description

For some time already we have been using preseed to specify our local repository containing the Microsoft fonts. The main reason for this is that we have a pretty complicated proxy environment and it's much easier to provide the local repository directly.

So we have used those preseed entries:
ttf-mscorefonts-installer msttcorefonts/dlurl string http://@HOSTNAME@@DIRECTORY@/msttcorefonts/
ttf-mscorefonts-installer msttcorefonts/accepted-mscorefonts-eula boolean true

The postinst script says it all:
# FIXME: we don't have a way to use an alternate download source here.
db_get msttcorefonts/dlurl

The rules file seems to generate a static URLROOT pointing to and the URLOVERRIDE is ignored.

Our 12.04 workstations have some real issues with that. We have not worked that around yet.

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in msttcorefonts (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Siggi Langauf (s-langauf) wrote :

Okay, as this is a real showstopper here, I've just forked the package locally and applied the following changes to fix the issue:

First, I added a little snippet to postinst in order to pull in the override URL from debconf:

diff -u msttcorefonts-3.4ubuntu3/debian/postinst msttcorefonts-hotfix/debian/
--- msttcorefonts-3.4ubuntu3/debian/postinst 2012-04-07 22:49:32.000000000 +0200
+++ msttcorefonts-hotfix/debian/ 2012-08-24 14:49:45.000000000 +0200
@@ -6,10 +6,21 @@
 db_get msttcorefonts/dldir

-# FIXME: we don't have a way to use an alternate download source here.
 db_get msttcorefonts/dlurl

+if test -n "$URLOVERRIDE"; then
+ DLFILE=/usr/share/package-data-downloads/ttf-mscorefonts-installer
+ echo "substituting $URLOVERRIDE for corefonts download URL..."
+ SEARCH=$(echo "$URLROOT"|sed -e 's/\//\\\//g')
+ REPLACE=$(echo "$URLOVERRIDE"|sed -e 's/\//\\\//g')
+ sed -e "s/$SEARCH/$REPLACE/" <$DLFILE >$ \
+ && mv $ $DLFILE
+ echo "dlurl sed -e \"s/^Url: .*(\/[^/]+.exe)/Url: $REPLACE\1/\" <$DLFILE >$"
+ cp $DLFILE /usr/local/ttf-mscorefonts-installer.dlfile

 if dpkg --compare-versions "$2" lt-nl 3.4ubuntu3 \

As you may have noted, I had to rename "debian/postinst" to "debian/" in order to be able to add the base URL from debian/rules during package build time. One could just repeat the URL in debian/postinst, which I found too error-prone. The following line in debian/rules generates postinst from

diff -u msttcorefonts-3.4ubuntu3/debian/rules msttcorefonts-hotfix/debian/rules
--- msttcorefonts-3.4ubuntu3/debian/rules 2012-04-09 07:05:54.000000000 +0200
+++ msttcorefonts-hotfix/debian/rules 2012-08-24 15:36:18.000000000 +0200
@@ -6,6 +6,7 @@
        dh $@

+ sed -e 's/#URLROOT#/'$$(echo $(URLROOT)|sed -e 's/\//\\\//g')'/' <debian/ >debian/postinst
        mkdir -p debian/tmp/usr/share/package-data-downloads
        while read sum file; do \
                echo "Url: $(URLROOT)$$file"; \

Hope that somebody picks this up soon...

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Siggi Langauf (s-langauf) wrote :

Ooops, the patch in above comment did contain two lines of debugging that should really not be in there.

Attached is a complete patch for the issue. It should be ready to apply with "patch -p1" from the source dir.

Don't forget to remove the now-generated debian/postinst from the patched source and to add the correct signature to debian/changelog!

Hope that helps speed things up...

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tags: added: patch
Changed in msttcorefonts (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
tags: added: regression-release
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Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

Thanks for your patch! Unfortunately, it cannot be included in Ubuntu for the following reasons:
 * it ships a new which is used to update postinst via a sed in debian/rules. This is messy and postinst should be adjusted directly with no changes to debian/rules or the additional file.
 * the file intends to update /usr/share/package-data-downloads/ttf-mscorefonts-installer via some brittle regular expressions and sed calls (fyi, you might be interested in 'sed -i' for future scripting). A better solution is to simply adjust update-ms-fonts to honor URLOVERRIDE

Unsubscribing ubuntu-sponsors for now. Please feel free to update and mark this bug back to 'NEW' and resubscribing ubuntu-sponsors after updating the patch. Thanks again.

Changed in msttcorefonts (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → In Progress
assignee: nobody → Siggi Langauf (s-langauf)
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Thijs Kinkhorst (kink) wrote :

Removed patch tag as per above.

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Margarita Manterola (marga-9) wrote :

Hi, it's been almost a year and this bug is still present. This is a serious regression, it would be nice if trusty wouldn't be released with it.

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Margarita Manterola (marga-9) wrote :

Another year has passed and the bug is still present...

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linuxball (linuxball) wrote :

I have Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (xenial) and ttf-mscorefonts-installer (3.4+nmu1ubuntu2).

More than FOUR years have passed and this bug is still not fixed. And it is even worse now: This version does not work any longer with the hard-wired download URLs (which are forwarded to other URLs):

E: Failed to fetch fonts/final/andale32.exe 404 Not Found

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Horst Schirmeier (horst) wrote :

Still broken in 16.10 (yakkety).

ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading
  404 Not Found
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/andale32.exe' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
E: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found
E: Download Failed

Workaround: Use the Debian package instead (or completely replace Ubuntu with Debian while you're at it ...).
sudo dpkg -i ttf-mscorefonts-installer_3.6_all.deb

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