Does gdebi ( the gdebi-gtk GUI) work for anybody on Buster?

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Re: Does gdebi ( the gdebi-gtk GUI) work for anybody on Bust

Postby pcdoctor01 » 2019-07-10 22:51

I started to post this issue here.
Hopefully they fix this error soon.
I'm using XFCE

I emailed Debian's tech support and knew that this isn't the correct way to report this issue below:
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Gdebi does not install deb packages in Buster.
When clicking on install, the program exits.
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Re: Does gdebi ( the gdebi-gtk GUI) work for anybody on Bust

Postby stevepusser » 2019-07-10 23:14

Some MX users say that changing the /usr/share/applications/gdebi.desktop file to use "gksu" in the exec line:

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Exec=gdebi-gtk %f


to
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Exec=gksu gdebi-gtk %f


fixes the crashing, but you have to have a real root account for that, I think--not sure. MX gives you both sudo and root accounts. You might be successful with gksudo instead, and need that installed, also--though I thought I read here that Debian is deprecating those in favor of pkexec, which gdebi-gtk was modified to use in Buster, apparently not completely successfully.

I remember that Debian had a broken gdebi for years back in the Lenny or Etch era...
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Re: Does gdebi ( the gdebi-gtk GUI) work for anybody on Bust

Postby CwF » 2019-07-10 23:28

Except gksu is gone? I spent some time purging gksu and revamping authority on my 4 images as I moved them to buster. The change in behavior I mentioned may have started with that purge. All 4 images have a few packages from sid that were all installed with gdebi = so gdebi does install packages into buster just fine.

On point is the method of use.
Execute from the menu with a gdebi policy file and navigate to the deb with gdebi's open dialog and it works as expected.
Execute from a file manager and the permissions sequence fails and gdebi exits.
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Re: Does gdebi ( the gdebi-gtk GUI) work for anybody on Bust

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-07-11 16:49

stevepusser wrote:Some MX users say that changing the /usr/share/applications/gdebi.desktop file to use "gksu" in the exec line:

From
Code: Select all
Exec=gdebi-gtk %f


to
Code: Select all
Exec=gksu gdebi-gtk %f


fixes the crashing

I really don't think that's a good idea, the GUI already has one bug that we have found so running the entire thing with elevated privileges would just expose any others in a far more severe fashion.

I'll submit a bug report this weekend and see if they can fix this properly. I'm so glad Debian has debug repositories, I had to rebuild glic for an Arch bug report...
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Re: Does gdebi ( the gdebi-gtk GUI) work for anybody on Bust

Postby pcdoctor01 » 2019-07-12 10:14

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
stevepusser wrote:
I'll submit a bug report this weekend and see if they can fix this properly. I'm so glad Debian has debug repositories, I had to rebuild glic for an Arch bug report...


Thank you!
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Re: Does gdebi ( the gdebi-gtk GUI) work for anybody on Bust

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-07-13 09:45

Bug report is in:

https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo ... bug=931986

Watch this space...
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Re: Does gdebi ( the gdebi-gtk GUI) work for anybody on Bust

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2019-07-13 13:30

It failed for me in Cinnamon (couldn't bare that desktop so I switched to GNOME again) when I tried installing a .deb file.
I figured it may be because it wasn't configured correctly and just installed that .deb with apt. But I guess it was a bug.
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Re: Does gdebi ( the gdebi-gtk GUI) work for anybody on Bust

Postby stevepusser » 2019-07-14 19:50

It turns out that in MX, our gksu calls a custom "mx-pkexec" to elevate privileges, so it seems we don't hopefully lose any security by using that workaround. I sent up a modified gdebi build to fix the problem.
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