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

John MM scoundrel50a at gmail.com
Sun Mar 6 18:42:13 UTC 2011

On 06/03/11 18:38, J Fernyhough wrote:
> First, chill. Second, I was replying to Grant. Third, I assumed that
> you had a basic knowledge of how Ubuntu works. If you need immediate
> help you should use IRC; email by its very nature is non-realtime. If
> you must know I was washing my car after lunch while it was sunny.
> If you look at the errors you are getting it clearly shows you have
> errors in the dpkg database. You either have, or at some point had, a
> sources.list entry for an old version of VirtualBox. This could be in
> a couple of places, either as an entry in /etc/apt/sources.list or in
> a file in/etc/apt/sources.list.d/  - only you will be able to find it.
> If you have removed the entry then a $ sudo aptitude update should
> have updated the package lists and removed references to the old files
> - I assumed you had already done this and so moved on to the next
> (rather more drastic) step. This I have used several times previously
> to recover inconsistencies in dpkg, for example after an unexpected
> shutdown. It's not nice, as I have to reinstall my packages again, but
> the system stays running (and $ sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop
> pulls in most packages anyway, the others can be pulled by a script by
> looking at /usr/share/doc).
> The problem with manually clearing /var/lib/dpkg is that the errors it
> generates look scary, and trying to fix this via email (which is slow)
> is less than ideal. Again, IRC would be better. However, seeing as the
> error first showed in /var/lib/dpkg/status, removing it will narrow
> down the error again. As you've posted already,
> /var/lib/dpkg/available also shows the same error - again pointing to
> a problem with the dpkg databases.
> My suggestion is as follows - but please don't try this, as I fear it
> will make you angry.
> $ sudo cp /var/lib/dpkg/status-old /var/lib/dpkg/status
> $ sudo cp /var/lib/dpkg/available-old /var/lib/dpkg/available
> $ gksudo gedit /var/lib/dpkg/status
> or
> $ sudo nano /var/lib/dpkg/status
> Find lines 46354 and 48216 and delete or edit the lines referencing
> virtualbox. Do the same for /var/lib/dpkg/available.
> Otherwise, look at the script here:
> http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Debian/package-database-rebuild.html
>> >    I was on the verge of almost having to do a fresh install
> Tsk. The internet, eh? Maybe you should stop relying on the kindness
> of strangers and pay someone for professional support?
>> >  because of you
> Your install was borked long before me, matey. Most people would have
> done a quick backup and reinstalled long ago, or even done a Google
> search for "/var/lib/dpkg/status" which points to solved threads on
> ubuntuforums, but I guess it's a better idea to get annoyed with the
> internet.
> Jonathon

You know, I am not going to argue with you, thanks for nothing really.
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