couldn't be accessed by user _apt

Martin Pitt mpitt at
Mon May 2 11:07:21 UTC 2016

Hello Ashkan,

Ashkan Taslimi [2016-04-26 11:46 +0200]:
> How can I fix this the following problem:
> W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file
> '/tmp/adt-run.ZlyfuQ/deps/afl_2.10b-1_amd64.deb' couldn't be accessed by
> user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)

Your remote host apparently runs a recent Debian/Ubuntu, but somehow
deleted the _apt system user that apt created. It's just a warning, it
should not break anything, does it? If so, it should get recreated
with "dpkg-reconfigure apt".

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