tzdata upgrade dies, killing apt w/o fixing the tty, when /etc/localtime is protected

Bug #1258646 reported by James Cloos on 2013-12-06
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tzdata (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When /etc/localtime is protected from manipulation, such as with the immutable flag — something which is often required when leasing virtuals, to keep the vendors’ frameworks from screwing with the filesystem — an update to tzdata will crap out, killing dpkg and apt, which leaves the tty a mess.

Instead, should it be impossible to overwrite the existing /etc/localtime, the script should continue without error.

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