problems upgrading 14.04 to 14.10 (configuration failures in sysv-rc & grub packages)

Marius Gedminas marius at
Wed Nov 5 07:39:00 UTC 2014

On Tue, Nov 04, 2014 at 09:12:30PM +0000, Adam Funk wrote:
> On 2014-11-04, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> > Since shows
> > that virtuoso-nepomuk was removed from the Ubuntu archive at some point
> > after the 12.04 release, removing the file and/or apt-get purge'ing the
> > remains of the package seems like the right thing to do:
> >
> >   sudo apt-get purge virtuoso-nepomuk
> I tried that, but virtuoso-nepomuk wasn't installed at that point!

It must've been installed and removed (but not purged).

The difference between removing a package and purging it is that
removing keeps configuration files around.  This is in case you decide
to reinstall the package later and don't want to configure it from
scratch, as far as I understand.  For historical reasons init.d scripts
are also considered configuration files.

The idea is that configuration files for uninstalled packages aren't
hurting anyone by just lying there.  This turned out to be false in this
particular case.

> Thanks very much!  It seems like almost every dist upgrade for the
> past year or two has thrown some kind of package installation script
> error at me, on at least 1 machine.

Yeah :/

Marius Gedminas
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