Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 64913
Installer creates dangling symlinks
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:27:24 EDT
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Description of problem:
After a full install (not upgrade) of RedHat Linux v7.3, many dangling symlinks
are found on the newly-installed system.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. This is how I installed:
a. Selected Custom installation
b. In package selection, opted for Everything & pkgs selection
c. Removed kernel-debug and kernel-pcmcia-cs packages from selection
d. Added kernel-smp package to selection
2. Installation completed without any warnings or errors.
3. After the initial boot of the system, ran this command:
symlinks -tr / | grep dangling
Actual Results: I was shown this output:
dangling: /usr/lib/kde3/libkcm_ktalkd.so -> libkcm_ktalkd-gcc2.96.so
dangling: /usr/lib/kde3/pothumbnail.so -> pothumbnail-gcc2.96.so
dangling: /usr/lib/libredhat-kernel.so -> /lib/libredhat-kernel.so
dangling: /usr/share/foomatic/db/compiled -> /var/cache/foomatic/compiled
dangling: /usr/share/foomatic/db/pcache -> /var/cache/foomatic/pcache
dangling: /usr/share/licq/qt-gui/locale/cs.qm -> cs_CZ.qm
dangling: /usr/share/licq/qt-gui/locale/ru.qm -> ru_RU.KOI8-R.qm
Expected Results: No dangling symlinks should have been found.
It occurred to me that perhaps these symlinks are actually corrected by use of
RedHat Linux - that is, fixed up by use of the packages that use these files.
I ran the above command again after 2 days of use (both text mode & KDE
desktop). The same results were seen.
These are packaging errors - reassigning.
Please reopen bugs against the specific packages - thanks.