Bug#406691: [pkg-firebird-general] Bug#406691: fails to upgrade

Damyan Ivanov dam at modsoftsys.com
Sat Jan 13 10:48:44 CET 2007

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severity 406691 normal
tags 406691 wontfix
title 406691 fails to upgrade when misconfigured

- -=| Robert Millan, 13.01.2007 01:25 |=-
> Missconfiguration can break package upgrade (at least on sarge):
> Preparing to replace firebird2-super-server 1.5.1-4 (using .../firebird2-super-server_1.5.1-4sarge1_i386.deb) ...
> Stopping Firebird server: Your user name and password are not defined. Ask your database administrator to set up a Firebird login.
> can not attach to server
> Usage: firebird {start|stop|shutdown|restart|reload}
> Usage: firebird {start|stop|shutdown|restart|reload|force-reload}
> An instance of the Firebird Super server seems to be running.
> (the fbserver or fbguard process was detected running on your system)
> Please quit all Firebird applications and then proceed
> dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/firebird2-super-server_1.5.1-4sarge1_i386.deb (--unpack):
>  subprocess pre-installation script returned error exit status 1

Hi, Robert,

This is precisely as designed. Upgrading with server running is bad. It
would make the old running server reference files from the new one with
unpredictable results.

The problem here is that the init script is unable to stop the server,
which is caused by local misconfiguration. I don't see what we can do
about it.

Please supply the correct SYSDBA password in
/usr/lib/firebird2/SYSDBA.password and retry the upgrade.

Note that the need of having SYSDBA password for server restart is not
present in firebird 2.0 and such problems will disappear. Unfortunately,
2.0 won't make it into Etch so this is not much of a relief.

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