gettext required by package scripts, but not a dependency

Bug #644578 reported by John Franklin on 2010-09-21
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-notifier (Debian)
Fix Released
update-notifier (Ubuntu)
Brian Murray
Vibhav Pant
Brian Murray

Bug Description

Binary package hint: openssl

When recently upgrading libssl on an Ubuntu Hardy Linode VM, the following message was displayed:

Unpacking replacement libssl0.9.8 ...
Setting up libssl0.9.8 (0.9.8g-16ubuntu3.2) ...
/usr/share/update-notifier/notify-reboot-required: 16: gettext: not found

Indeed, gettext is not installed on this VM. Perhaps it should be included as a dep here? Or (since it's liikely to be the case for a number of packges) a dep on update-notifier?

Test Case:
1) Setup a 12.04 system without gettext installed
2) Execute sudo /usr/share/update-notifier/notify-reboot-required
3) Observe the message 'gettext: not found'
4) Install update-notifier from precise-proposed
5) Execute sudo /usr/share/update-notiifer/notify-reboot-required
6) Observe nothing

root@redacted:~# lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 9.10
Release: 9.10
 root@redacted:~# apt-cache policy libssl0.9.8
  Installed: 0.9.8g-16ubuntu3.2
  Candidate: 0.9.8g-16ubuntu3.2
  Version table:
 *** 0.9.8g-16ubuntu3.2 0
        500 karmic-security/main Packages
        500 karmic-updates/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     0.9.8g-16ubuntu3 0
        500 karmic/main Packages

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Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

This should be fixed in update-notifier. Since translation isn't critical, I suggest that notify-reboot-required should detect whether the gettext binary is present and if not then simply use the untranslated string.

affects: openssl (Ubuntu) → update-notifier (Ubuntu)
Changed in update-notifier (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
Richard Laager (rlaager) wrote :

I'm seeing the same thing in Precise. The code in notify-reboot-required makes a reference to cases when gettext is not installed, but it doesn't actually work. I've attached a patch, which should work.

The attachment "update-notifier.gettext.patch" of this bug report has been identified as being a patch. The ubuntu-reviewers team has been subscribed to the bug report so that they can review the patch. In the event that this is in fact not a patch you can resolve this situation by removing the tag 'patch' from the bug report and editing the attachment so that it is not flagged as a patch. Additionally, if you are member of the ubuntu-reviewers team please also unsubscribe the team from this bug report.

[This is an automated message performed by a Launchpad user owned by Brian Murray. Please contact him regarding any issues with the action taken in this bug report.]

tags: added: patch
Changed in update-notifier (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Changed in update-notifier (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → In Progress
assignee: nobody → Brian Murray (brian-murray)
description: updated
Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Brian, apparently you built the source package without having gnome-common installed, which caused some changes in the autoconf scripts which I'm not sure that they are safe. I rejected your source and reuploaded with no autoconf changes.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package update-notifier - 0.119ubuntu8.1

update-notifier (0.119ubuntu8.1) precise; urgency=low

  * data/notify-reboot-required: echo notification if gettext is not available
    thanks to Richard Laager for the patch (LP: #644578)
 -- Brian Murray <email address hidden> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:58:50 -0700

Changed in update-notifier (Ubuntu Precise):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Vibhav Pant (vibhavp) on 2012-05-22
Changed in update-notifier (Ubuntu Oneiric):
assignee: nobody → Vibhav Pant (vibhavp)
Vibhav Pant (vibhavp) wrote :
Changed in update-notifier (Ubuntu Oneiric):
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → Medium
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

I've uploaded the oneiric debdiff to -proposed. Thanks for the debdiff!

Vibhav Pant (vibhavp) on 2012-05-25
Changed in update-notifier (Ubuntu Oneiric):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed

Hello John, or anyone else affected,

Accepted update-notifier into oneiric-proposed. The package will build now and be available in a few hours. Please test and give feedback here. See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Thank you in advance!

tags: added: verification-needed
Vibhav Pant (vibhavp) wrote :

the package in -proposed works

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

This bug was fixed in the package update-notifier - 0.117ubuntu3.3

update-notifier (0.117ubuntu3.3) oneiric-proposed; urgency=low

  * data/notify-reboot-required: echo notification if gettext is not
    available, thanks to Richard Laager for the patch (LP: #644578)
 -- Vibhav Pant <email address hidden> Wed, 23 May 2012 14:04:21 +0530

Changed in update-notifier (Ubuntu Oneiric):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in update-notifier (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
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