[ubuntu-uk] DPKG Broken, now what?

Ian Pascoe softy.lofty.ilp at btinternet.com
Sun Nov 18 14:36:36 GMT 2007

Ah Mr P, you came up trumps yet again!

Strangely, the error message didn't give the double dashes in front of the
configure statement which is where I was going wrong - and the fact that I
didn't pick up on the -a suffix is neither here nor there!

If this command is the Get Out of Jail Free card, why on earth doesn't it
perform it itself?  Weird to my mind.

Any way, thanks again Alan.


-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
[mailto:ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com]On Behalf Of Alan Pope
Sent: 18 November 2007 13:02
To: British Ubuntu Talk
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] DPKG Broken, now what?

Morning Ian,

On Sun, 2007-11-18 at 10:57 +0000, Ian Pascoe wrote:
> Just attempted to update my Ubuntu installation to be told that I need to
> something with DPKG Configurer to resolve a broken DPKG package.  I get
> from Update Manager, apt-get, aptitude and DPKG itself, but can't find any
> thing that actually points to what this is.

What exactly does apt-get/aptitude say? Can you paste the output in
http://pastebin.ubuntu-uk.org so we can see it?

Usually when update manager barfs in these situations it asks you to

sudo dpkg --configure -a

Which will configure any pending packages.

You could give that a go, it wont do any harm if there's nothing for it
to do.


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