/var/lib/dpkg/available empty

Carlos Picazzo ojaiguy at gmail.com
Fri Jun 9 05:47:48 UTC 2006

On 6/7/06, Matt Price <matt.price at utoronto.ca> wrote:
> hi,
> ran into some trouble with amarok 1.4 which resulted in a crash;
> subsequently /usr/bin/amarok wouldn't execute.  tried to reinstall, but
> /var/lib/dpkg/available was empty, and synaptic couldn't
> proceed with a reinstall.  I'd like to fix this -- nay hints?

Hi Matt,

I ran into this a while ago and it was a problem w/ dpkg that only newer
kernels revealed.  The solution was to do an 'echo "" >
/var/lib/dpkg/available' so there's at least one line in that file (it just
can't be empty).  Then do the 'apt-get update' like normal and it should

Hope that helps!
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