Broken Apt-Get ( Re: Synaptic is stuck - removing partially installed package? )

Chanchao custom at
Mon Jan 29 03:17:59 UTC 2007

To follow up on my own post:  Is there a way to completely remove the
whole apt-get system and put it back in it's original state?  

I already tried 

'sudo rm -r /var/cache/apt/* ' 

but even this didn't work.

Right now I can't do anything, remove any software and cannot install

So is there any way to do this short of reformatting the drive and
re-installing Ubuntu?   Surely there must be?


On Sun, 2007-01-28 at 09:45 +0700, Chanchao wrote:

> Result is that I can't use Synaptic or apt-get for anything anymore, not
> even removing that package!!
> This is what happens:
> $ sudo apt-get remove virtualbox
> Reading package lists... Done
> Building dependency tree       
> Reading state information... Done
> E: The package virtualbox needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an
> archive for it.
> And that's it...  I'm stuck. Also Automatic Updates don't work anymore. 

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