Bug 1009642 - pkcon returns incorrect status for various commands
pkcon returns incorrect status for various commands
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: PackageKit (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Richard Hughes
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Reported: 2013-09-18 15:05 EDT by smatula
Modified: 2017-12-06 07:04 EST (History)
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Description smatula 2013-09-18 15:05:38 EDT
Description of problem: pkcon fails to return correct status for various failures. Status of 0 is returned for the following (0 should be for success - failures should return a value.

1. when declining to proceed when there are dependencies get "Fatal error: user declined simulation" status 0 returned expect 5:
    pkcon install 
    pkcon remove

2. when giving invalid_repo to repo-enable or repo-disable get "The transaction failed: repo-not-found, Error getting repository data for invalid_repo, repository not found" Status of 0 returned expect 1
    pkcon repo-enable invalid_repo
    pkcon repo-disable invalid_repo

3. down load to existing file - No error is given. Status 0 is given and download successful. Expect Error indicating file exists with non 0 status or prompt if user wants to overwrite.
    pkcon download exiting-file pkg

4. Performing install-local of pkg where dependencies on repos are unavailable get error "  Fatal error: could not do simulate: 1:xchat-2.8.8-1.el6.x86_64 requires libsexy.so.2()(64bit)
1:xchat-2.8.8-1.el6.x86_64 requires libntlm.so.0()(64bit)" Status 0 Expect 1  

5. Install non-existing package get "Command failed: This tool could not find any available package: could not find unavailable_package" Status 1 but expected 4.
   pkcon intall package-unavailable

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Actual results:
 Error shown but status of 0 returned. 

Expected results:
 Non 0 error status returned.

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Comment 1 smatula 2013-10-08 16:30:50 EDT
More Scenarios of failures but status of 0 is returned.

1. pkcon refresh, install, download or update when network down returns status of 0. Error is returned.

2. pkcon search where search input to long returns correct error of "Fatal error: The search string length is too large" But status 0 returned 

3. pkcon install-local of invalid rpm. Error returned Fatal error: could not do simulate: /mnt/tests/desktop/rhel-6/PackageKit/data/invalid.rpm does not appear to be a valid package. Status returned 0
Comment 5 Jan Kurik 2017-12-06 07:04:37 EST
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is in the Production 3 Phase. During the Production 3 Phase, Critical impact Security Advisories (RHSAs) and selected Urgent Priority Bug Fix Advisories (RHBAs) may be released as they become available.

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