Trouble with apt

Damien Hull dhull at
Thu Nov 1 19:37:28 UTC 2007

I think something broke when I tried installing a package. I can install 
software but I get an error message every time. The following info was 
taken after I installed xchat-gnome.

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree      
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
      xchat-gnome xchat-gnome-common
    0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    1 not fully installed or removed.
    Need to get 589kB of archives.
    After unpacking 5190kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    Get:1 gutsy/main xchat-gnome-common
    1:0.18-0ubuntu3 [268kB]
    Get:2 gutsy/main xchat-gnome
    1:0.18-0ubuntu3 [321kB]
    Fetched 589kB in 5s (104kB/s)             
    Selecting previously deselected package xchat-gnome-common.
    (Reading database ... 98893 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking xchat-gnome-common (from
    .../xchat-gnome-common_1%3a0.18-0ubuntu3_all.deb) ...
    Selecting previously deselected package xchat-gnome.
    Unpacking xchat-gnome (from
    .../xchat-gnome_1%3a0.18-0ubuntu3_i386.deb) ...
    Setting up runit (1.6.0-1) ...
    grep: /etc/inittab: No such file or directory
    grep: /etc/inittab: No such file or directory
    Adding SV inittab entry...
    cp: cannot stat `/etc/inittab': No such file or directory
    dpkg: error processing runit (--configure):
     subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    Setting up xchat-gnome-common (1:0.18-0ubuntu3) ...

    Setting up xchat-gnome (1:0.18-0ubuntu3) ...

    Errors were encountered while processing:
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

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