[Bug 1015567] Re: upgrade failed: mixed non-coinstallable and coinstallable package instances present

Michael Vogt michael.vogt at ubuntu.com
Wed Sep 26 13:31:49 UTC 2012

Fwiw, the upgrade worked just fine with the above patch, I did not
encounter any other issues.

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  upgrade failed: mixed non-coinstallable and coinstallable package
  instances present

Status in “dpkg” package in Ubuntu:
Status in “dpkg” source package in Quantal:

Bug description:
  This is the bug which was warned about in [0]
  The easy analysis that you can run, with solutions proposed to recover is in [1]

  The minimal test case goes like this:
  1) install non-multiarch package for native architecture with some config files
  2) remove non-multiarch package (not purge)
  3) rm /var/lib/dpkg/info/lp1015567.list
  4) install multiarch package for foreign architecture, optionally with the same config file
  5) upgrading dpkg will result in:
   mixed non-coinstallable and coinstallable package instances present

  To easily reproduce the problem, I created a test case packages, see

  bzr branch lp:~dmitrij.ledkov/+junk/lp1015567-test
  cd lp1015567-test
  pbuilder-dist precise create
  echo "HOOKDIR=~/pbuilder/hookdir" >> ~/.pbuilderrc
  cp ../lp1015567-test*_all.deb ~/pbuilder/hookdir
  pbuilder-dist precise execute F10lp1015567

  [0] http://lists.debian.org/msgid-search/20120310083539.GA15353@gaara.hadrons.org
  [1] http://lists.debian.org/msgid-search/20120315080224.GA18049@rivendell.home.ouaza.com/firsthit

  natty, oneiric, precise are suspected they may corrupt dpkg database as stated in [0]
  it is possible to use script from [1] to fix up the dpkg database
  Should this be done in dpkg or in update-manager?
  One solution is to mark the: rc non-ma package as ma:same
  Should this be backported to natty, oneiric, precise?


  This morning I decided to upgrade precise -> quantal.
  I replaced 'precise' -> 'quantal' in /etc/apt/sources.list, apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade.

  the upgrade failed.  Attempts to 'apt-get -f install' look like:

  $  sudo apt-get -f install --assume-yes
  Reading package lists...
  Building dependency tree...
  Reading state information...
  Correcting dependencies... Done
  The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    erlang-crypto python-avahi erlang-xmerl erlang-syntax-tools libsctp1
    lksctp-tools libmozjs185-1.0 libopenal-data erlang-runtime-tools
    erlang-mnesia erlang-public-key python-desktopcouch-records erlang-inets
    erlang-ssl python-desktopcouch-application erlang-base
  Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
  The following extra packages will be installed:
    empathy empathy-common eog evolution-data-server-common
    gir1.2-gnomebluetooth-1.0 gir1.2-rb-3.0 gnome-desktop-data
    gnome-desktop3-data gnome-screensaver libcamel-1.2-33 libebook-1.2-13
    libecal-1.2-11 libedataserver-1.2-16 libedataserverui-3.0-1
    libgnome-bluetooth10 libgnome-desktop-3-4 libgnomekbd-common libgnomekbd8
    libmusicbrainz5-0 librhythmbox-core6 libsane-common libunity-core-5.0-5
    nautilus-data unity unity-common unity-services
  Suggested packages:
  The following packages will be REMOVED:
  The following NEW packages will be installed:
    libcamel-1.2-33 libebook-1.2-13 libecal-1.2-11 libedataserver-1.2-16
    libgnome-bluetooth10 libgnome-desktop-3-4 libgnomekbd8 libmusicbrainz5-0
    librhythmbox-core6 libsane-common
  The following packages will be upgraded:
    empathy empathy-common eog evolution-data-server-common
    gir1.2-gnomebluetooth-1.0 gir1.2-rb-3.0 gnome-desktop-data
    gnome-desktop3-data gnome-screensaver libedataserverui-3.0-1
    libgnomekbd-common libunity-core-5.0-5 nautilus-data unity unity-common
  16 upgraded, 10 newly installed, 1 to remove and 1058 not upgraded.
  81 not fully installed or removed.
  Need to get 0 B/7,509 kB of archives.
  After this operation, 12.2 MB of additional disk space will be used.
  dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 10165 package 'libcanberra-gtk-module:i386':
   mixed non-coinstallable and coinstallable package instances present
  E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

  Potentially useful information, I do have /etc/apt/sources.list.d entries for 'google-musicmanager.list' and 'google-talkplugin.list', which contain, repspectively:
   deb http://dl.google.com/linux/musicmanager/deb/ stable main
   deb http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
  Package: dpkg 1.16.3ubuntu2
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-25.40-generic 3.2.18
  Uname: Linux 3.2.0-25-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu8
  Architecture: amd64
  Date: Wed Jun 20 09:30:38 2012
  EcryptfsInUse: Yes
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release amd64 (20111012)
   PATH=(custom, user)
  SourcePackage: dpkg
  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to precise on 2011-11-07 (226 days ago)

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