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Re: pkg/41452: pkg_add failure for local packages

Indeed, that is what I thought, too, appears most probable on the first look, 
doesn't it? But then again, how is Xubuntu 8.04 ABLE to open and even extract 
the packages, shouldn't it fail, too? - Especially the CDROM is remarkable; it 
is read-only, and CD-ROMs have always been burned very reliably on this drive. 
I used brasero in Xubuntu 8.04 to make the CD, and it made a checksum test, 
everything worked. Therefore, I assume the CD-ROM is fine (and yet, especially 
with libxml2, it drove me crazy yesterday). Then again, you might say, the disk 
on which I installed NetBSD may have been faulty, so that the program files 
used to extract the package contents were damaged... however, I used several 
different disks, both an internal PATA harddrive and USB-sticks, and always ran 
into the same problems. - I assume that both my installation disks and my 
package media are actually fine. What is puzzling is that copying packages from 
one medium to another medium (and maybe even changing 
 the file systems of the media) seems to have an effect. If a package is 
faultily copied per se, it should make no difference.

Thank you for your help.

-------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Datum: Tue, 19 May 2009 02:50:05 +0000 (UTC)
> Von: David Holland <>
> An:,, 
> Betreff: Re: pkg/41452: pkg_add failure for local packages

> The following reply was made to PR pkg/41452; it has been noted by GNATS.
> From: David Holland <>
> To:
> Cc: 
> Subject: Re: pkg/41452: pkg_add failure for local packages
> Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 02:46:04 +0000
>  On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 06:35:00AM +0000, wrote:
>   > when I am trying to install a package from a local
>   > source I get at random failure messages for random
>   > packages; examples are given below for firefox3,
>   > resulting from two consecutive attempts on the same
>   > machine: [...]
>  This is probably not what you want to hear, but that sounds awfully
>  like you have bad hardware.
>  -- 
>  David A. Holland

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