[bug-notifications] [alternatives 0004424]: CSWsudo and CSWalternatives interaction breaks sudo installs on SPARC

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Sun Aug 25 21:40:02 CEST 2013

A NOTE has been added to this issue. 
Reported By:                dkohfield
Assigned To:                phil
Project:                    alternatives
Issue ID:                   4424
Category:                   upgrade
Reproducibility:            always
Severity:                   minor
Priority:                   normal
Status:                     closed
Resolution:                 fixed
Fixed in Version:           
Date Submitted:             2010-05-20 22:46 CEST
Last Modified:              2013-08-25 21:40 CEST
Summary:                    CSWsudo and CSWalternatives interaction breaks sudo
installs on SPARC
Upgraded from a blastwave installation, which for all practical purposes
was a clean install on the system in question:

  SunOS neon 5.9 Generic_118558-05 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire-V240

After the upgrade/install, sudo was not working.  

Trouble-shooting included uninstalling and reinstalling CSWsudo and all of
its dependencies.  Using 'pkg-get -i sudo' installed all dependencies, then
generated the following error as the CSWsudo package was installed:

  [ verifying class <none> ]
  /opt/csw/bin/sudoedit.minimal <linked pathname>
  Registering 'sudo' alternative /opt/csw/bin/sudo.minimal ...
  ERROR: /opt/csw/sbin/alternatives could not be found
  [ verifying class <cswalternatives> ]

This is despite CSWalternatives having been successfully (?) installed as a
dependency, and '/opt/csw/sbin/alternatives' being present (though not

The net result is that no symlink, or symlink chain is created along the
lines of:

  /opt/csw/bin/sudo ->  \
   /etc/opt/csw/alternatives/sudo -> \

Another system upgraded roughly 2-3 months ago has this symlink chain in
place.  The version of CSWalternatives is different.  On the working
system, 'pkginfo -l CSWalternatives' produces:

   PKGINST:  CSWalternatives
      NAME:  alternatives - Alternatives engine from Red Hat
  CATEGORY:  application
      ARCH:  sparc
   VERSION:  1.3.30c,REV=2010.02.18
    VENDOR:  http://www.sfr-fresh.com/unix/privat/ packaged for CSW by
Dagobert Michelsen
    PSTAMP:  dam at build8s-20100218134904
  INSTDATE:  Mar 31 2010 13:08
   HOTLINE:  http://www.opencsw.org/bugtrack/
     EMAIL:  dam at opencsw.org
    STATUS:  completely installed
     FILES:       12 installed pathnames
                   1 shared pathnames
                   7 directories
                   3 executables
                 111 blocks used (approx)

On the non-working system, 'pkginfo -l CSWalternatives' produces:

   PKGINST:  CSWalternatives
      NAME:  alternatives - an implementation of linux-style alternatives
choice mgr
  CATEGORY:  system
      ARCH:  all
   VERSION:  1.0,REV=2009.10.17
    VENDOR:  http://www.opencsw.org written and packaged for CSW by Philip
    PSTAMP:  cswalternatives v1.0
  INSTDATE:  May 20 2010 11:52
   HOTLINE:  http://www.opencsw.org/bugtrack/
     EMAIL:  phil at opencsw.org
    STATUS:  completely installed
     FILES:        3 installed pathnames
                   2 executables
                  26 blocks used (approx)


 (0010546) dam (administrator) - 2013-08-25 21:40
sudo does not use the alternatives mechanism any more as the ldap-capable
library can now be enabled via a configuration directive in sudo.conf.

Peter, as you are probably reinstantiating the RedHat implementation it is
most likely that the issue will reoccur, would you mind doublechecking that
it is gone? Otherwise we probably need some more fixing.

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