Package dependency problems

John G Heim jheim at
Fri Jan 10 21:11:43 CET 2020

An update ...

So my fai install was hung, waiting for 30 minutes trying to contact the 
snap store. I got onto the target machine, deleted /usr/bin/snap, made 
it a symlink to /bin/true, and the install got going again.

Geez, what a load of bullstuff.  Maybe I can add a hook to create that 
file before fai starts installing packages.

Just to be clear, I am not blaming this on fai. Not at all. Who's 
brilliant idea was it to make it impossible to install chromium in a 
chroot environment? There ought not be such a package in the 
debian/ubuntu repository.

On 1/10/20 1:52 PM, John G Heim wrote:
> Well, apt-rdepends says its gnome. I am going to check what happens if I 
> do not ask it to install gnome but I think it will be bad.
> The problem is that when it tries to install the chromium-browser 
> package,  it tries to contact something called the "snap store". It 
> keeps trying for 30 minutes.  So its adding 30 minutes to every install. 
> From a typical software.log:
> Installing the chromium snap
> Checking connectivity with the snap store
> Unable to contact the store, trying every minute for the next 30 minutes
> Apparently snaps are cross-platform package containers. You have to run 
> the snapd daemon to talk to the snap store but the daemon won't run in a 
> chroot environment.
> # systemctl start snapd
> Running in chroot, ignoring request: start
> So it looks as if there is no way to install chromium-browser in fai and 
> no way to avoid it either.
> On 1/10/20 12:20 PM, Thomas Lange wrote:
>> apt-rdepends -r chromium-browser
>> will list the reverse dependencies.
>> You can set the variable MAXPACKAGES to 1 so only one package and its
>> dependencies are installed at a time. By default we have this set in
>> class/FAIBASE.var

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