Error installing package: "conffile `etc/xdg' is not a plain file or symlink (= `/etc/xdg')"

Harold Aling h.aling at
Tue Mar 13 21:36:20 CET 2007

Dear list,

I build my own .deb packages of svn versions of Xfce. This way I can 
keep my system (Ubuntu 7.04) clean.

Since a few revisions I'm getting the following error:

Preparing to replace xfdesktop4 9999-24994 (using 
.../xfdesktop4_9999-25087_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement xfdesktop4 ...
dpkg: xfdesktop4: warning - conffile `etc/xdg' is not a plain file or 
symlink (= `/etc/xdg')
dpkg: error processing 
 unable to create `./etc/xdg/menus/': No such file 
or directory
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered while processing:

... and Xfdesktop fails to install.

If this is more debian/ubuntu related, please let me know and I'll try 
to find an other mailing list to bother...


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