[Gllug] apt/dpkg woes

Tethys sta296 at astradyne.co.uk
Wed Jun 27 19:11:09 UTC 2007


Tom Weissmann writes:

>Try adding a simple "hello world" script to /var/lib/dpkg/info/, and 
>check it runs. If not, the problem is directory-wide, perhaps something 
>is mounted noexec?

We have a winner -- /var was mounted noexec. It's a simple security
measure, intended to stop a malicious intruder from making a temporary
file in /var and running it. However, it tends to be foiled if your
package manager relies on being able to run scripts there. Ho hum...

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