Synaptic error message - Packages did install

Asked by chris pollock on 2016-08-26

chris@localhost:~$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS
Release: 16.04

chris@localhost:~$ apt-cache policy synaptic
synaptic:
  Installed: 0.83
  Candidate: 0.83
  Version table:
 *** 0.83 500
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/universe amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

I've noticed several times after installing a package with Synaptic that the following pops up:

W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/root/.synaptic/tmp//tmp_sh' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)

There are no errors saying the package(s) weren't installed though.

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Solved by:
Manfred Hampl
Solved:
2016-08-27
Last query:
2016-08-27
Last reply:
2016-08-27

If you use apt-get do packages install OK?

chris pollock (cpollock) said : #2

According to the /var/log/apt/history.log they do and the synaptic error is not always present.

Best Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #3

This is a known bug #1522675

What is the output of:

ls -la /root/.synaptic/tmp/tmp_sh

Thanks

chris pollock (cpollock) said : #5

There is no tmp_sh file in the .synaptic tmp folder.

chris pollock (cpollock) said : #6

Thanks Manfred, I see that according to the bug report it's bouncing between confirmed and invalid. It does appear as if the packages are getting installed though. I'm going to mark this as 'problem solved' since there is a related bug report.

chris pollock (cpollock) said : #7

Thanks Manfred Hampl, that solved my question.