Apt broken

Glenn R Williams gloonie at earthlink.net
Sun Dec 14 15:19:18 UTC 2008


Can you run this command from the command line and post the results:

sed -n '150,160p' /var/lib/dpkg/info/base-files.postinst

That way we could see the line in error.



On Saturday 13 December 2008 23:38:59 Michael Satterwhite wrote:
> Earlier today, I tried to upgrade from Hardy to Intrepid using the
> dist-upgrade. It didn't work; the system reported that I no longer had a
> video device installed. I didn't think it was a big deal as I had
> everything backed up and could simply reinstall Hardy, restore my
> configuration files and be back where I started ... I thought.
> After reinstalling Hardy, I restored my Hardy /etc to get my old
> configurations back. It looked good ... but
> Apt appears broken. When I try doing an upgrade or an install (not a
> dist-upgrade!!), I'm getting errors as follows:
> Preconfiguring packages ...
> Setting up base-files (4.0.1ubuntu5.8.04.3) ...
> /var/lib/dpkg/info/base-files.postinst: 156: awk: not found
> /var/lib/dpkg/info/base-files.postinst: 156: awk: not found
> dpkg: error processing base-files (--configure):
>  subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 127
> Errors were encountered while processing:
>  base-files
> E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
> This was on an "apt-get install mysql-server". I think it somehow thinks it
> needs to upgrade a package that isn't installed due to my restoring en mass
> the configurations. Can anyone offer some help on how to get my package
> manager going again?
> Thanks in advance
> ---Michael

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