Devuan bug report logs - #457
Beowulf upgrade drops "sbin" directories from root $PATH

Package: util-linux; Maintainer for util-linux is Devuan Developers <devuan-dev@lists.dyne.org>;

Reported by: eidolon.alpha@protonmail.com

Date: Sun, 10 May 2020 17:18:01 UTC

Severity: normal

Done: Mark Hindley <mark@hindley.org.uk>

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bug#457; Package unclear. (Sun, 10 May 2020 17:18:01 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


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unclear (Beowulf-related)

please either use found or fixed to the control server with a correct version, or reply to this report indicating the correct version so the maintainer (or someone else) can correct it for you.

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From: eidolon.alpha@protonmail.com
To: "submit@bugs.devuan.org" <submit@bugs.devuan.org>
Subject: Beowulf upgrade drops "sbin" directories from root $PATH
Date: Sun, 10 May 2020 17:02:56 +0000
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Package: unclear
Version: unclear (Beowulf-related)

Description of Problem
After upgrade from ASCII to Beowulf, /sbin, /usr/sbin, and /usr/local/sbin are dropped from the root $PATH variable.

Explanation

I performed an install of Devuan ASCII and immediately upgraded to beowulf:
sed -i 's/ascii/beowulf/g' /etc/apt/sources.list && \
apt-get update && \
apt-get dist-upgrade && \
apt-get autoremove && \
reboot

Upon reboot, I noticed that the "service" command could not be found. Nor could ifconfig. I could, however, run the command with the full path (ie, /sbin/ifconfig).

Workaround

echoing $PATH proved that there were no sbin directories (/sbin, /usr/sbin, /usr/local/sbin). I was able to work around this with a simple export PATH=$PATH:/sbin:/usr/sbin:/usr/local/sbin for my root account.

Other system information
# uname -a:
Linux HOSTNAME 4.19.0-9-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.118-2 (2020-04-29) x86_64 GNU/Linux

# lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Debian
Description:    Devuan GNU/Linux 3 (beowulf)
Release:        3
Codename:       beowulf

Of course, if I were the culprit (not the upgrade), feel free to call me out.

All the best,
- siva

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bug#457; Package unclear. (Mon, 11 May 2020 09:03:02 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Message #8 received at 457@bugs.devuan.org (full text, mbox, reply):

From: Mark Hindley <mark@hindley.org.uk>
To: eidolon.alpha@protonmail.com, 457@bugs.devuan.org
Subject: Re: bug#457: Beowulf upgrade drops "sbin" directories from root $PATH
Date: Mon, 11 May 2020 09:53:28 +0100
Control: reassign -1 util-linux

Eidolon,

Thanks for this.

On Sun, May 10, 2020 at 05:02:56PM +0000, eidolon.alpha@protonmail.com wrote:
>    Upon reboot, I noticed that the "service" command could not be found.
>    Nor could ifconfig. I could, however, run the command with the full
>    path (ie, /sbin/ifconfig).
> 
>    Workaround
> 
>    echoing $PATH proved that there were no sbin directories (/sbin,
>    /usr/sbin, /usr/local/sbin). I was able to work around this with a
>    simple export PATH=$PATH:/sbin:/usr/sbin:/usr/local/sbin for my root
>    account.

You don't say how you are using root. I suspect with su(1)?

If so, this behaviour change is known and well documented. See

 - https://beta.devuan.org/os/documentation/install-guides/beowulf/Release_notes_beowulf_3.0.0.txt
 - /usr/share/doc/util-linux/NEWS.Debian.gz

Mark

bug reassigned from package 'unclear' to 'util-linux'. Request was from Mark Hindley <mark@hindley.org.uk> to 457-submit@bugs.devuan.org. (Mon, 11 May 2020 09:03:04 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Reply sent to Mark Hindley <mark@hindley.org.uk>:
You have taken responsibility. (Mon, 11 May 2020 15:03:01 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Notification sent to eidolon.alpha@protonmail.com:
bug acknowledged by developer. (Mon, 11 May 2020 15:03:04 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Message #15 received at 457-done@bugs.devuan.org (full text, mbox, reply):

From: Mark Hindley <mark@hindley.org.uk>
To: eidolon.alpha@protonmail.com, 457-done@bugs.devuan.org
Subject: Re: bug#457: Beowulf upgrade drops "sbin" directories from root $PATH
Date: Mon, 11 May 2020 15:38:24 +0100
On Mon, May 11, 2020 at 01:48:16PM +0000, eidolon.alpha@protonmail.com wrote:
> Yup, that's it. Definitely missed that release note. Thank you.

Thanks for confirming.

Closing.

Mark

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