screen is erroring out with "/var/run/screen needs to be mode 775"

Bug #390405 reported by Matt Eskes on 2009-06-22
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
byobu (Ubuntu)
Dustin Kirkland 
screen (Ubuntu)
Dustin Kirkland 

Bug Description

Binary package hint: screen

Screen is failing to start with directory permissions error of "/var/run/screen needs to be mode 775"

A quick 'ls lsa' reveals:

0 drwxr-xr-x 2 root utmp 40 2009-06-21 13:55 screen

which is all the correct owner/group and permissions.

The current version of screen installed at the moment is 4.0.3-13ubuntu out of the current Karmic Alpha.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Sun Jun 21 16:51:47 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
Package: screen 4.0.3-13ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.30-9.10-generic
SourcePackage: screen
Uname: Linux 2.6.30-9-generic i686

Changed in screen (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Dustin Kirkland (kirkland)
importance: Undecided → High
milestone: none → karmic-alpha-3
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in screen (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Changed in screen (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) wrote :

The problem is actually with screen-profiles, which provides a dpkg-diversion for /usr/bin/screen, which is installed 755.

However, this diversion goes away with an upgrade to byobu. I'm uploading a fix shortly in byobu.


Changed in byobu (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Dustin Kirkland (kirkland)
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → In Progress
affects: screen (Debian) → debian

Thanks Dustin.... I guess I should have sent in a trace and I probably would have figured that out for you. Been out of the game for a while so I'm still trying to settle back in and get into the swing of things.


Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package screen - 4.0.3-13ubuntu2

screen (4.0.3-13ubuntu2) karmic; urgency=low

  * debian/control: depend on byobu; this will replace the screen-profiles
    version with the dpkg-diversion of /usr/bin/screen, which is causing
    the permissions issue in LP: #390405
  * debian/patches/60-byobu-pointer.dpatch: add a one-liner pointing to byobu,
    for upgrading users who previously just typed 'screen' to launch byobu
    (now that the diversion has been removed)

 -- Dustin Kirkland <email address hidden> Tue, 23 Jun 2009 01:47:43 -0500

Changed in screen (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package byobu - 2.16-0ubuntu1

byobu (2.16-0ubuntu1) karmic; urgency=low

  * byobu-config, doc/help.txt: update the verbage of some text
  * byobu-config, byobu-janitor, byobu-select-profile, debian/install,
    debian/rules, po/, rpm/byobu.spec: rename select-screen-profile
    to byobu-select-profile; fits our namespace better
  * byobu-config, byobu-launcher, byobu-launcher-install,
    byobu-launcher-uninstall, debian/install, debian/rules,
    rpm/byobu.spec: rename to byobu-launcher*

  Fixes for: LP: #391105, #390405, #391039
  * debian/control: add screen-profiles and screen-profiles-extras
    transitional packages
  * debian/postinst, debian/prerm, debian/rules: fix screen-profiles ->
    byobu upgrades; drop byobu's attempt to remove the dpkg-divert on
    /usr/bin/screen, as this fails; establish links in the postinst,
    remove in the prerm
  * debian/screen-profiles.postinst: remove the diversion on *installation*
    of this transitional package

 -- Dustin Kirkland <email address hidden> Tue, 23 Jun 2009 14:47:10 -0500

Changed in byobu (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Changed in debian:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in debian:
status: Incomplete → Fix Released
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