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Ibin-sbin-mismatch

Tag versions

The tag is present in Lintian version 2.109.2. That is the most recent version we know about.

The package installs a binary under /usr/sbin or /sbin but the specified file or maintainer script appears to incorrectly reference it under /usr/bin or /bin.

This is likely due to the maintainer identifying that the package requires root privileges or similar and thus installing the files to the sbin variant, but the package has not been comprehensively or completely updated to match.

For ELF files, false positives could be related to the SHF_MERGE option to ld. The option saves space by providing different start indices into the same static location in object files. Unfortunately, the sub-string information is lost in that process.

This tag is experimental.

Visibility: info

Check: files/contents

The following 141 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 260 times.

We found 8 overrides. The tag performed 97% of the time.