Missing `linux-update-symlinks` causes Linux package installation to fail

Bug #1766851 reported by Paul Menzel
This bug affects 12 people
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linux-base (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

On Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, the installation of Linux 4.17-rc2 from [1] fails because `linux-update-symlinks` is not available.

[1]: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.17-rc2/

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in linux-base (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Linus Seelinger (s-linus) wrote :
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WinEunuchs2Unix (ricklee518) wrote :

Same problem with Kernel 4.14.36: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.14.36/

Also I would suspect (but cannot confirm) that Kernel 4.16.4 will suffer the same fate.

For the first time all three of these kernels (including OP's 4.17-rc2) deviated from history where there were three `.deb` files: headers-all, headers, linux-image (aka image_unsigned). A fourth `.deb` was introduced called: ` linux-modules-4.14.36-041436-generic_4.14.36-041436.201804240906_amd64.deb`

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Jason Pereira (jasondpereira) wrote :

I am still having this issue with a fresh install of 16.04. Can anyone give an update to this bug

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Nanowish (nanowish) wrote :

Same as Jason Pereira, I've this issue with fresh 16.04 intall, from network.

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Nick Hunter (dt-rush-8) wrote :

I'm also seeing this, when attempting to provision a vagrant box with 16.04. I have, in my Vagrantfile:

config.vm.box_url = 'https://app.vagrantup.com/bento/boxes/ubuntu-16.04/versions/2.3.1/providers/virtualbox.box'

And I see the error during `vagrant up --provision`:

Setting up linux-image-4.4.0-143-generic (4.4.0-143.169) ...
/var/lib/dpkg/info/linux-image-4.4.0-143-generic.postinst: 50: /var/lib/dpkg/info/linux-image-4.4.0-143-generic.postinst: linux-update-symlinks: not found
dpkg: error processing package linux-image-4.4.0-143-generic (--configure):
    subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 127

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Kevin Puetz (puetzk) wrote :

Related to #1820755 - although the new linux-base is now available in xenial-updates, the kernel packages do not version their depends to demand the new version, so apt-get will not necessarily install it (which causes base-installer to fail, since debootstrap will not have upgraded from xenial-updates prior to installing base-installer/kernel/image, and will not upgrade when the linux-image-generic Depends are already satisfied)

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