[Logwatch] logwatch is DOA - problem found

Dale Morin dale at mustanginternetservices.com
Fri Oct 3 05:21:02 MST 2008

I think I've tracked down the problem.  It is the ubuntu update to 
libc6, libc6-dev, and libc6-i686 that happened on Monday.

I loaded another machine with ubuntu 8.04, ran

"apt-get update"

and then

"apt-get install build-essential"

Installing build-essential installed updated libc files.  I then 
installed (or attempted to install) logwatch and the postfix config hung.

I started over and loaded another machine with ubuntu 8.04, ran

"apt-get update"

and then ran

"apt-get install libc6-dev=2.7-10ubuntu3"

so that the dev library was at the same version at libc6.  Then I placed 
all three libc6 packages on hold with

"echo -e "libc6 hold" | dpkg --set-selections"
"echo -e "libc6-dev hold" | dpkg --set-selections"
"echo -e "libc6-i686 hold" | dpkg --set-selections"

Then I ran

"apt-get install build-essential"

Afterweards, the libc6 libraries are still at 2.7-10ubuntu3 which is 
fine.  The problem version is 2.7-10ubuntu4 and it causes all kinds of 

I cannot seem to get the system running properly so I will have to wipe 
and start over, but I have the installed_packages file and good backups 
so it won't take too long.

Sincere thanks for all of those that helped me try and track down this 

Dale Morin, Mustang Internet Services, Inc.

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