Bug 88075 - Installing Galeon and/or mozilla-chat makes gnome-dictionary half vanish
Summary: Installing Galeon and/or mozilla-chat makes gnome-dictionary half vanish
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gnome-utils
Version: 9
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Havoc Pennington
QA Contact: Jay Turner
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-04-05 07:46 UTC by J.B. Nicholson-Owens
Modified: 2015-01-08 00:04 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-10-06 15:10:55 UTC

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Description J.B. Nicholson-Owens 2003-04-05 07:46:38 UTC
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Description of problem:
Originally I wanted to report an annoyance with gnome-dictionary--it opens up
its dictionary window when I login just because I've got the dictionary prompter
loaded on my GNOME panel.  So I fired up Mozilla and visited the RH Bugzilla site.

I was waiting for the RH Bugzilla to open and I decided to install Galeon and
mozilla-chat while I waited.  I figured there was no interference with
this--loading a webpage shouldn't interfere with installing a couple apps.  I
began to install both apps from the Add/Remove Applications application and
there was no sign of trouble.

As that was installing, the Bugzilla webpage was rendering and I went to type
the rpm instruction into the shell to learn what version of gnome-dictionary I
was dealing with.  RPM told me gnome-dictionary couldn't be found.  The exact
RPM returned data is below.

But gnome-dictionary IS installed--it is still on my system and I can run it
from the command line (but now it does not annoyingly open the window when I run
"gnome-dictionary" or "gnome-dictionary -a" like the GNOME panel does).  The
mozilla-chat and Galeon install completed without incident.

So I'm at a loss on what to say about this.  Is this an RPM bug?  A
gnome-dictionary bug?  A Galeon or mozilla-chat package bug?  Multiple bugs?

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Didn't try (the problem is hard for me to reproduce)

Steps to Reproduce:
1. I installed RH9 workstation and told the installer to wipe out all partitions.
2. I updated the system from up2date.
3. I saw the annoying gnome-dictionary behavior and (on a completely unrelated
activity) installed mozilla-chat and Galeon from Add/Remove Applications.
4. gnome-dictionary disappears from system as far as RPM is concerned, but the
gnome-dictionary application still runs (thus introducing an inconsistency
between what's on the system and what's in RPM's database).

Actual Results:  gnome-dictionary disappeared from the RPM list of what's
installed in the system (see "rpm -qif" and "rpm -q" returns below).

Expected Results:  I expected gnome-dictionary to remain untouched.  After all,
what does installing Galeon or mozilla-chat have to do with gnome-dictionary?

Additional info:

The lack of sync between the RPM database and what's on my system makes me quite
uneasy.  I can't trust the system to handle installing or removing packages
anymore because the list of what's installed is untrustworthy.

Here's what RPM told me when I asked it to tell me about gnome-dictionary:

$ rpm -qif gnome-dictionary
error: file gnome-dictionary: No such file or directory
$ rpm -q gnome-dictionary
package gnome-dictionary is not installed

gnome-dictionary remains installed as far as I can tell: I can run it and the
man page for gnome-dictionary is still installed.

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2003-04-14 15:01:11 UTC
rpm manages packages, not files.

Did you install gnome-dictionary form a package or
did you install the files through some other means?

Comment 2 J.B. Nicholson-Owens 2003-04-14 21:28:29 UTC
I can only assume gnome-dictionary was installed with RH9 in the "workstation"
set of packages.  I did nothing to indicate I wanted it, I merely installed RH9
and it was there.

When I installed galeon and mozilla-chat I noticed the package for
gnome-dictionary had disappeared from RPMs catalog of installed packages.  I
don't know why gnome-dictionary's entry in RPM's database vanished.  The files
for gnome-dictionary are still installed on the system because I'm running
gnome-dictionary in my GNOME panel right now.  But the package data is gone
("rpm -qi gnome-dictionary" says "package gnome-dictionary is not installed". 
By contrast "rpm -qi mozilla" gives me info about mozilla's entry in the RPM

Comment 3 Jeff Johnson 2003-04-17 14:41:44 UTC
I don't see an rpm problem here, so I'm reassigning to
gnome-utils in case there is a packaging problem with
/usr/share/gnome/help/gnome-dictionary handling.

Comment 4 Alexander Larsson 2003-10-06 15:10:55 UTC
gnome-dictionary is part of the package gnome-utils. rpm -q gnome-utils should
work for you. Or rpm -qf /usr/bin/gnome-dictionary.

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