[summary] patch install fails - checkinstall cannot open file

From: Tony van Lingen <tony.vanlingen_at_epa.qld.gov.au>
Date: Tue Dec 09 2003 - 06:09:38 EST

I would like to apologise for looking everywhere, except in the most 
obvious locations. Thanks to Caspar Dick for pointing it out to me, to 
Simon Burr and to Joe Fletcher.

Also thank you for 5 out-of-office replies. On this note, does anybody 
maybe know a hack to make a Netscape Messenger server stop sending 
autoreplies to lists? Many here have looked into it and to no avail...

The question and the obvious answer:

>>I've got a bit of a nettly problem here. I'm trying to install the 
>>random device patch (112438-02) on a Solaris 8 box. I've done this a number of times 
>>on different boxes, with no problems at all. But on this one (the one 
>>that counts, obviously - the others were just pre-production tests) the 
>>installation crashes. The output follows:... 
(output deleted)

>The solaris FAQ says:
>5.59) Patch installation often fails with "checkinstall" errors.
>    When installing a patch, the Solaris 2.5+ patch installation
>    procedure will execute the script "checkinstall" with uid nobody.
>    If any of the patch files or if any part of the path leading up to
>    the patch directory cannot be read by nobody, an error similar to
>    the following will appear:
>    patchadd .				# or ./installpatch .
>    Generating list of files to be patched...
>    Verifying sufficient filesystem capacity (exhaustive method) ...
>    Installing patch packages...
>    pkgadd: ERROR: checkinstall script did not complete successfully
>    ....
>    You can workaround this in two ways, one is to make sure that the
>    user "nobody" can read all patch files and execute a "pwd" in the
>    patch directory or add an account "install" to /etc/passwd:
>	install:x:0:1:installpatch braindamage:/:/bin/true
>    Installpatch and patchadd use "nobody" as a fallback if it cannot
>    find the "install" user.
>    --- end of excerpt from the FAQ
>The most recently posted version of the FAQ is available from
Joe Fletcher suggested a corrputed package tree:

>This may be caused by a corruption in the /var/sadm/pkg tree. Look for the
>SUNWcarx folder and either rename it and retry or you might be able to identify the
>corruption and fix it.


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