Package Installation Failures

Brian Murray brian at
Wed Jul 13 22:04:34 UTC 2011

I very recently updated apt to prevent the filing of package
installation failures when the following appears in the error message:

--fsys-tarfile returned error exit status 2

This can occur for a variety of reasons, the system is out of memory,
the memory is bad or there is file system corruption.  Regardless, none
of these are an issue with the package trying to being installed hence
the blocking of reporting further ones.

I've tried to clean up most of the already reported ones in Launchpad
but keep running across some!  If you happen to see one please close the
bug as Invalid, tag them as fsys-tarfile-error and add a comment
similar to the following:

"Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make
Ubuntu better. It seems that there was an error on your system when
trying to install a particular package. Please execute the following
command, as it will clear your package cache, in a terminal:

sudo apt-get clean

Then try performing the update again. This will likely resolve your
issue, but the failure can be caused by filesystem or memory corruption.
So please also run a fsck on your filesystem(s) and a memory test. If
this does resolve your bug please set its status to Invalid. Thanks and
good luck!"

Brian Murray
Ubuntu Bug Master
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