[Pkg-javascript-devel] Bug#645611: node-sphericalmercator and libnode-sphericalmercator: error when trying to install together

Ralf Treinen treinen at debian.org
Mon Oct 17 11:19:28 UTC 2011

Package: libnode-sphericalmercator,node-sphericalmercator
Version: libnode-sphericalmercator/1.0.1-1
Version: node-sphericalmercator/1.0.1-2
Severity: serious
User: treinen at debian.org
Usertags: edos-file-overwrite

Date: 2011-10-17
Architecture: amd64
Distribution: sid


automatic installation tests of packages that share a file and at the
same time do not conflict by their package dependency relationships has
detected the following problem:

WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated!
  libc-ares2 libicu44 libv8- libev4 libnode-sphericalmercator nodejs
Authentication warning overridden.
Can not write log, openpty() failed (/dev/pts not mounted?)
Selecting previously unselected package libc-ares2.
(Reading database ... 10586 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking libc-ares2 (from .../libc-ares2_1.7.5-1_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libicu44.
Unpacking libicu44 (from .../libicu44_4.4.2-2_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libv8-
Unpacking libv8- (from .../libv8- ...
Selecting previously unselected package libev4.
Unpacking libev4 (from .../libev4_1%3a4.04-1_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libnode-sphericalmercator.
Unpacking libnode-sphericalmercator (from .../libnode-sphericalmercator_1.0.1-1_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package nodejs.
Unpacking nodejs (from .../nodejs_0.4.12-1_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package node-sphericalmercator.
Unpacking node-sphericalmercator (from .../node-sphericalmercator_1.0.1-2_all.deb) ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/node-sphericalmercator_1.0.1-2_all.deb (--unpack):
 trying to overwrite '/usr/lib/nodejs/sphericalmercator.js', which is also in package libnode-sphericalmercator 1.0.1-1
configured to not write apport reports
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

This is a serious bug as it makes installation fail, and violates
sections 7.6.1 and 10.1 of the policy. An optimal solution would
consist in only one of the packages installing that file, and renaming
or removing the file in the other package. Depending on the
circumstances you might also consider Replace relations or file
diversions. If the conflicting situation cannot be resolved then, as a
last resort, the two packages have to declare a mutual
Conflict. Please take into account that Replaces, Conflicts and
diversions should only be used when packages provide different
implementations for the same functionality.

Here is a list of files that are known to be shared by both packages
(according to the Contents file for sid/amd64, which may be
slightly out of sync):


This bug is assigned to both packages. If you, the maintainers of
the two packages in question, have agreed on which of the packages will
resolve the problem please reassign the bug to that package. You may
also register in the BTS that the other package is affected by the bug.


PS: for more information about the detection of file overwrite errors
of this kind see http://edos.debian.net/file-overwrites/.

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