Bug 20231 - packagekitd crash
Summary: packagekitd crash
Alias: None
Product: PackageKit
Classification: Unclassified
Component: backend-apt (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Richard Hughes
QA Contact:
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-02-20 05:04 UTC by Giuseppe Calà
Modified: 2012-01-05 10:12 UTC (History)
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Description Giuseppe Calà 2009-02-20 05:04:15 UTC
I have compiled packagekit on my kubuntu 8.10 64bit with these commands:

./configure --enable-apt --prefix=/usr
make install

The compilation was ok but the daemon crash when started; the log is in the following pastebin.ca link:


Seems that it can't find org.freedesktop.PackageKit.conf in /etc/dbus-1/system.d; this file was installed in /usr/etc/dbus-1/system.d but creating a symbolic link not resolve the error.

Comment 1 Richard Hughes 2009-02-20 05:08:52 UTC
--prefix=/usr can't work like that. You need to set the directories for the sysconfdir and all that stuff. DBus is quite specific that it needs _all_ the .conf (two for apt backend) and service files installed in the right place.
Comment 2 Giuseppe Calà 2009-02-20 05:23:41 UTC
Have recompiled without 'prefix' argument but the error is always the same: can't find org.freedesktop.PackageKit.conf that is installed in /usr/local/etc/dbus-1/system.d/

Here the log:

Comment 3 Richard Hughes 2009-02-20 06:14:22 UTC
You have to install the conf files in /etc/dbus-1/system.d/
Comment 4 Giuseppe Calà 2009-02-20 08:02:36 UTC
Some news: I have compiled packagekit with

./configure --enable-apt --sysconfdir=/etc

Now if I start the daemon it runs but with strange behaviour; first the log:


Here the output of pkcon:

$ pkcon get-updates
Errore: internal-error: Cannot launch daemon, file not found or permissions invalid

and this regardless I'm root or not. Same error if I use kpackagekit.

One more thing: an other error that compares in the output is 'unable to open database file':

TI:16:55:00     TH:0x9a6930     FI:pk-post-trans.c      FN:pk_post_trans_init,808                                                                                                           
 - trying to open database '/var/lib/PackageKit/desktop-files.db'                                                                                                                           
TI:16:55:00     TH:0x9a6930     FI:pk-post-trans.c      FN:pk_post_trans_init,811                                                                                                           
 - Can't open database: unable to open database file                                                                                                                                        
TI:16:55:00     TH:0x9a6930     FI:pk-transaction-db.c  FN:pk_transaction_db_init,565                                                                                                       
 - trying to open database './transactions.db'                                                                                                                                              
TI:16:55:00     TH:0x9a6930     FI:pk-transaction.c     FN:pk_transaction_set_sender,1200                                                                                                   
 - setting sender to :1.56                                                                                                                                                                  
TI:16:55:00     TH:0x9a6930     FI:pk-security-polkit.c FN:pk_security_caller_new_from_sender,76                                                                                            
 - failed to get caller org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit.Manager.GeneralError: Unable to lookup session information for process '6959'                                                            
TI:16:55:00     TH:0x9a6930     FI:pk-transaction-list.c        FN:pk_transaction_list_create,409                                                                                           
 - adding transaction 0x9d5220, item 0x9bdca0

Comment 5 Jean-François Fortin Tam 2012-01-05 10:12:19 UTC
Hi there,
This bug report is very old and based on a version not supported anymore. By upgrading to a newer version of PackageKit you could receive bug fixes and new functionality. You may need to upgrade your Linux distribution to obtain a newer version of PackageKit.
Please feel free to reopen this bug if the problem still occurs with the latest version.

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