Error attempting to update 14.04

Marius Gedminas marius at
Mon Nov 17 07:07:38 UTC 2014

On Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 11:52:08AM -0600, Jim Byrnes wrote:
> I have updated 14.04 on my laptop multiple times without problems,
> but last night after the downloading phase was completed I got an
> error during the installation phase. Now I have no network
> connection wired or wireless.  I verified that the cable is good.


Do you have any network interfaces?  'ifconfig -a' will list them.

Do you have Network Manager installed?  Running?

> During installation a dialog popped up saying the package system was
> broken. Said I should disable 3d party software and run apt-get
> install -f.  Did both. Here is the error portion of the apt-get
> command typed in because of no networking.
> preparing to unpack.../libpython3.3-stdlib_3.3.6-2+trustyt1_amd64deb...
> Unpacking libpython3.3-stdlib:amd64 (3.3.6-2+trusty1)
> dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/libpython3.3-stdlib_3.3.6-2+turusty1_amd64.deb
> (--unpack):
> trying to overwrite
> '/usr/lib/python3.3/idle/', which is also in
> package idle-python.

This looks like a broken PPA upgrade, from whichever PPA that provides
Python 3.3 for you.

I suggest you attempt to remove both conflicting packages with

  sudo apt-get remove idle-python3.3 libpython3.3-stdlib --fix-missing

followed by

  sudo dpkg --configure -a
  sudo apt-get install --fix-missing

You can install them back later.  Perhaps from a different PPA -- I
recommend, it
shouldn't have this problem.

This problem with 3rd-party Python packages isn't something that's
likely to have broken your network connectivity.

Marius Gedminas
Perl is not a programming language, it's a natural language that
computers understand.

Better than people, for the most part.
		-- Steve Simmons
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