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Bug 7657 - up2date wipes out .mailcap file first time it runs
Summary: up2date wipes out .mailcap file first time it runs
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: up2date
Version: 6.1
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Preston Brown
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Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-12-07 19:02 UTC by Mark Lord
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-02-24 18:51:39 UTC

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Description Mark Lord 1999-12-07 19:02:45 UTC
When the redhat update agent is run for the very first time,
it wipes out the user's ~/.mailcap file, replacing it with
two new lines for the update manager.

Once the two lines are in ~/.mailcap, the problem goes away.

Not sure where the bug is, since the /sbin/up2date script
appears to try to open the .mailcap in "w+" mode.. maybe this
is not a valid mode in Pythonspeak?


Comment 1 Mark Lord 1999-12-07 19:16:59 UTC
Ahh.. looked in the Python references, and the "w+" mode means "truncate".
This script /usr/sbin/up2date should be using "w" instead of "w+" when
opening the ~/.mailcap file for updating!!


Comment 2 Mark Lord 1999-12-07 19:18:59 UTC
Ooopps.. meant to say that open mode should be "a", not "w" or "w+"!!

Comment 3 Preston Brown 2000-02-24 18:51:59 UTC
this is very true.  fixed for 6.2.

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