Bug 75343 - /usr/tmp has to be a symlink otherwise filesystem won't install
/usr/tmp has to be a symlink otherwise filesystem won't install
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: filesystem (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Mike McLean
: 71457 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2002-10-07 10:27 EDT by Mathieu Chouquet-Stringer
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:31 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-10-07 10:27:40 EDT
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Description Mathieu Chouquet-Stringer 2002-10-07 10:27:32 EDT
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Description of problem:
If you attempt to upgrade an existing system (in my case, it was 7.3) and if
/usr/tmp is a directory instead of a symlink (to /var/tmp), filesystem won't
install and thus the install will die with a "fatal error"...

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. create a directory: /usr/tmp
2. try to upgrade the filesystem package (via rpm or through the install)
3. Profit! (kidding, well it fails)

Actual Results:  I tried to do the upgrade manually (rpm -Uvh) and that's how I
discovered the problem (cpio chokes on the directory).

Expected Results:  At least the install shouldn't fail because of this issue.

Additional info:

If memory serves I think it's not the first time I've been bitten by this bug
while doing an upgrade (so it could be an "old" bug).
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2002-10-07 15:11:33 EDT
RPM currently can't replace a directory with a symlink.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2002-10-16 15:45:56 EDT
*** Bug 76029 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-10-17 19:55:17 EDT
Why is this closed?
Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2002-10-17 21:39:42 EDT
It's not a fixable thing with filesystem; this is a result of the way rpm works.
Comment 5 Need Real Name 2002-10-24 09:30:19 EDT
I hit a similar problem because of /usr/lib/X11 which was replaced by a 
directory when I installed an application.

Comment 6 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-10-24 12:52:02 EDT
Bug 76029 is marked as rpm bug.
Comment 7 Bill Nottingham 2002-11-20 16:16:20 EST
*** Bug 71457 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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