[MB-2506] Error on Ubuntu installation around groupadd/useradd Created: 09/Oct/10  Updated: 11/Mar/14  Resolved: 07/Feb/12

Status: Resolved
Project: Couchbase Server
Component/s: installer
Affects Version/s: 1.6.0 beta4
Fix Version/s: feature-backlog

Type: Improvement Priority: Minor
Reporter: Perry Krug Assignee: Aleksey Kondratenko
Resolution: Won't Fix Votes: 0
Labels: 1.6.0-release-notes,, 1.7.0-release-notes, 1.7.1-release-notes
Remaining Estimate: Not Specified
Time Spent: Not Specified
Original Estimate: Not Specified
Environment: Operating System: All
Platform: All

Release Note

This is from the forums...


I am trying to install the membase binary on a ubuntu machine (64 bit) by typing:
sudo dpkg -i northscale-server_1.6.0beta4_x86_64.deb.deb

Error messages:
Unpacking northscale-server (from northscale-server_1.6.0beta4_x86_64.deb.deb) ...
groupadd: invalid option -- r

dpkg: error processing northscale-server_1.6.0beta4_x86_64.deb.deb (--install):
subprocess pre-installation script returned error exit status 1

The solution was:
You should create manually group and user befrore install binary:
groupadd northscale
useradd -g northscale -d /opt/NorthScale -s /bin/bash -c "NorthScale system user" northscale

That solved the problem.

Can we look at the code and see if we are using a possibly invalid option with 'groupadd' during the debian package installation?

Comment by sharon.barr@northscale.com [ 09/Oct/10 ]
Tony, is this reproducible on the latest build?
Comment by Perry Krug [ 09/Oct/10 ]
I'm thinking it may be a particular dependency within the Ubuntu system...or perhaps an older OS.
Comment by Steve Yen [ 09/Oct/10 ]
wondering why there is a double ".deb.deb" suffix?

Comment by Perry Krug [ 09/Oct/10 ]
I don't think that's causing a problem, though it was throwing me off too. Looks like the workaround fixed the issue even with the double '.deb'
Comment by thuan@northscale.com [ 09/Oct/10 ]
I don't get this error when I install latest build 1.6.0beta4-84 on 2 ubuntu 9.04 64bit.
Comment by Perry Krug [ 09/Oct/10 ]
Thanks Tony. Can you try the beta 4 released build? I'd like to make sure that we are actually reproducing the problem and now working around it some other way.
Comment by thuan@northscale.com [ 09/Oct/10 ]
I install beta4 release build on ubuntu 9.04 64bit server and I can not reproduce this error.
Comment by Perry Krug [ 09/Oct/10 ]
Thanks Tony. So again, we need to reproduce the error so we can tell whether it's been fixed or not. I suspect there is something else at work here, can you try on Ubuntu 8.x?
Comment by thuan@northscale.com [ 09/Oct/10 ]
I can reproduce the groupadd: invalid option --r error on ubuntu 8.04 64bit.
But not the double ".deb.deb"
Comment by thuan@northscale.com [ 09/Oct/10 ]
I install beta4 release build on ubuntu 10.04 64bit server and I can not
reproduce this error. So I think it only happens in ubuntu 8.04 64bit version
Comment by Perry Krug [ 16/Nov/10 ]
tagged: releasenotes
Comment by Sean Lynch (Inactive) [ 18/Nov/10 ]
Resolving as incomplete because we need to get more information before we can fix - suspect older Ubuntu version.
Comment by Perry Krug [ 07/Dec/10 ]
Not sure what "more information" is needed. This was reproduced. Yes, it is on an unsupported version but it is still a bug.
Comment by Aleksey Kondratenko [ 07/Feb/12 ]
We don't care about that much old OSes anymore
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