Bug 64913 - Installer creates dangling symlinks
Installer creates dangling symlinks
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: distribution (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-05-14 09:38 EDT by Steve Snyder
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:27 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-05-14 16:08:15 EDT
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Description Steve Snyder 2002-05-14 09:38:26 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):

How reproducible:

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.

Additional info:

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.
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2002-05-14 11:26:42 EDT
These are packaging errors - reassigning.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2002-05-15 10:15:32 EDT
Please reopen bugs against the specific packages - thanks.

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