remove /usr/bin/qemu alternative

Bug #1316829 reported by Serge Hallyn on 2014-05-06
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
qemu (Ubuntu)
High
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Trusty
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Bug Description

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Impact: the default architecture emulated by /usr/bin/qemu may confuse users
Test case: ls /usr/bin/qemu
Regression potential: some users could have started to depend on /usr/bin/qemu, however as it did not exist in precise, and points to the wrong architecture on amd64, this is unlikely.
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/usr/bin/qemu is currently an alternative automatically set up to point to the 32-bit qemu-system-i386. The file /usr/bin/qemu did not exist in precise. It has been again removed in debian, so remove it from utopic and trusty.

If a user on x86-64 host runs qemu with a 64-bit iso, the resulting boot failure will be very hard to diagnose. Therefore, it is better to simply remove it as debian has done.
(Long term it would be nice to replace it with a wrapper program which runs the right binary based on the running kernel.)

Changed in qemu (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Triaged
description: updated
Changed in qemu (Ubuntu Trusty):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → High
description: updated
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package qemu - 2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu3

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qemu (2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu3) utopic; urgency=medium

  * remove alternatives for qemu: different architectures
    aren't really alternatives and never had been (LP: #1316829)
 -- Serge Hallyn <email address hidden> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:12:33 +0000

Changed in qemu (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released

Hello Serge, or anyone else affected,

Accepted qemu into trusty-proposed. The package will build now and be available at http://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/qemu/2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.1 in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested, and change the tag from verification-needed to verification-done. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed. In either case, details of your testing will help us make a better decision.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/PerformingSRUVerification . Thank you in advance!

Changed in qemu (Ubuntu Trusty):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

the binary is indeed not installed by the current version, setting as verification-done

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package qemu - 2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.1

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qemu (2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.1) trusty-proposed; urgency=low

  * remove alternatives for qemu: different architectures
    aren't really alternatives and never had been (LP: #1316829)
  * debian/rules: install the proper /etc/init/qemu-kvm.conf (LP: #1315402)
  * debian/control: drop the versioning requirement from libfdt-dev
    build-dependency, as it is longer needed (LP: #1295072)
 -- Serge Hallyn <email address hidden> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:31:39 -0500

Changed in qemu (Ubuntu Trusty):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released

The verification of the Stable Release Update for qemu has completed successfully and the package has now been released to -updates. Subsequently, the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates Team is being unsubscribed and will not receive messages about this bug report. In the event that you encounter a regression using the package from -updates please report a new bug using ubuntu-bug and tag the bug report regression-update so we can easily find any regresssions.

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