Fwd: apt behavior issue

Valorie Zimmerman valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com
Fri Dec 11 06:13:55 UTC 2015

Follow up to Paul's first email.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul <snowhg at icloud.com>
Date: Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 8:11 PM
Subject: apt behavior issue
To: valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com

Valorie -

Here is the information concerning apt changing ownership/attributes
during a dist-upgrade.

I noticed this first, if I remember correctly, yesterday, December 9, 2015.

The directory /var/cache/apt/archives/partial is affected. Before I
observed the issue, this is what the directory should look like:

drwxr-xr-x 2 root root    4096 Dec 10 18:07 partial

This is what it looks like after running sudo apt-get dist-upgrade and
packages are downloaded/processed:

drwx------ 2 _apt root    4096 Dec 10 18:07 partial

I noticed this problem when I tried to perform a cache cleanup with:

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove && sudo apt-get clean

I got informed that I could not perform the operation on the partial
directory because I didn't have permission.

I have to change the ownership and attributes after a dist-upgrade.

I'm seeing this on Kubuntu 16.04 64-bit.


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