tag 838388 + patch
Ansgar Burchardt writes:
> Ah, I'm to blame for that.  added `-k` to the options passed to tar
> in order to avoid replacing the new symlinks from / to /usr with real
> directories. However it looks like tar returns an error when there are
> actual file conflicts (as opposed to just symlink vs. directory).
> Only adding -k for newer distributions (i.e. the ones that merged-/usr
> supports) should work around the problem.
I pushed a patch implementing this to my debootstrap repository. It
worked for Squeeze (w/o merged-/usr) and Stretch (w/ merged-/usr).