[ubuntu-uk] Stuff appearing in Terminal, I dont know what it is......

Matt Sturdy matt.sturdy at gmail.com
Sun Mar 6 15:14:01 UTC 2011

Hi john,

You should also have a backup here:  /var/backups/dpkg.status.0

so the command to move it would be:

*sudo cp /var/backups/dpkg.status.0 /var/lib/dpkg/status*

on my system this is only 3 days old (ie before I updated today)


On 6 March 2011 12:06, John MM <scoundrel50a at gmail.com> wrote:

>  On 06/03/11 14:50, Grant Sewell wrote:
> Unfortunately /var/lib/dpkg/status is quite an important file and (as
> far as I am aware) there is no real way to re-generate it.  Essentially
> it holds details of each package that's installed, and those that have
> been installed and removed (but not purged), etc, etc.
> You may be able to get back to a semi-usable system is the
> file /var/lib/dpkg/status-old is still present - it is (obviously) an
> older version of the file so it may not be completely up to date, but
> if you duplicate that you **should** get a usable system.
> Rule #1: Unless **you** are 100% certain on what you are doing, never**delete** a file on your system that someone else tells you to delete.
> Renaming the file is almost always good enough, and at least if you
> rename it you have a chance of renaming it back again.
> So, try this:
> $ sudo cp /var/lib/dpkg/status-old /var/lib/dpkg/status
> Grant
> Hi, thank you for your message, I really appreciate it. Well, it looks like
> its not going to work, I used the command you gave me, and I still get the
> 'InstallArchives failed'
> I get this message when trying to install from synaptic.
> 'E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'libbz2-1.0'.Please see
> man 5 apt.conf under APT::Immediate-Configure for details. (2)
> I take it the only way now is to fresh install?
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