Package Installation Failures

Brian Murray brian at
Wed Jul 13 22:50:15 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 05:42:49PM -0500, C de-Avillez wrote:
> On 07/13/2011 05:04 PM, Brian Murray wrote:
> > 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.
> This last piece should be disregarded, since we are asking for the
> bug to be set to invalid.

Ah you caught me!  I actually really should have said to set the status
to Incomplete and not Invalid.  I feel its a nicer experience this way
if the Janitor expires the bug than us setting it to Invalid.

Brian Murray
Ubuntu Bug Master
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