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February 11th, 2009, 07:44 PM
I posted the following in the general support forums but it was suggested i move it here:

I know this looks like a moron first post but i have looked extensively through the forums for a solution and i cant find one!

im using 9.04 and i first noticed that there were problems installing Amarok, and there seems to be a problem installing anything now, from add/remove and apt get

i tried:

and nothing, when i run

sudo dpkg --configure -a

in that it seems to not have errors:


sudo apt-get upgrade
everything seems to install fine, takes a few minutes but at the end i get:

its driving me nuts, i cant get upgrades, pro grammes etc and im stumped

also i tried

e@e-desktop:~$ sudo dpkg -l | grep -v ^ii
| Status=Not/Inst/Cfg-files/Unpacked/Failed-cfg/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Description
rc bluez-audio 3.26-0ubuntu6 Bluetooth audio support
rc console-tools 1:0.2.3dbs-65ubuntu7 Linux console and font utilities
ri cups-driver-gutenprint 5.2.3-0ubuntu1 printer drivers for CUPS
rc cups-pdf 2.4.8-1ubuntu1 PDF printer for CUPS
ri cupsys-driver-gutenprint 5.2.3-0ubuntu1 Transitional package
rc dhcdbd 3.0-1ubuntu1 D-Bus interface to the ISC DHCP client
rc evolution 2.24.3-0ubuntu1 groupware suite with mail client and organiz
rc evolution-exchange 2.24.3-0ubuntu1 Exchange plugin for the Evolution groupware
rc liba52-0.7.4 0.7.4-11ubuntu1 library for decoding ATSC A/52 streams
rc libbind9-30 1:9.4.2.dfsg.P2-2ubuntu0.1 BIND9 Shared Library used by BIND
rc libbluetooth2 3.29-0ubuntu1 Library to use the BlueZ Linux Bluetooth sta
rc libcamel1.2-11 2.22.3-0ubuntu2 The Evolution MIME message handling library
rc libchromexvmc1 1:0.2.901-0ubuntu4 XvMC Libraries used by the Openchrome VIA dr
rc libchromexvmcpro1 1:0.2.901-0ubuntu4 XvMC Pro Libraries used by the Openchrome VI
rc libdjvulibre15 3.5.20-2 Runtime support for the DjVu image format
rc libdns32 1:9.4.2-10 DNS Shared Library used by BIND
rc libdns35 1:9.4.2.dfsg.P2-2ubuntu0.1 DNS Shared Library used by BIND
rc libdvdnav4 4.1.2-3 DVD navigation library
rc libdvdread3 0.9.7-11ubuntu3 library for reading DVDs
rc libedataserver1.2-9 2.22.3-0ubuntu2 Utility library for evolution data servers
rc libffi4 4.2.4-1ubuntu3 Foreign Function Interface library runtime
rc libgda3-3 3.0.2-5ubuntu1 GNOME Data Access library for GNOME2
rc libgda3-common 3.0.2-5ubuntu1 Common files for GNOME Data Access library f
rc libgmime-2.0-2 2.2.11-2ubuntu1 MIME library
rc libgnome-desktop-2 1:2.22.3-0ubuntu1 Utility library for loading .desktop files -
rc libgnome-desktop-2-7 1:2.24.1-0ubuntu1 Utility library for loading .desktop files -
rc libgnomedb3-4 3.0.0-4build1 Database UI widget library for GNOME2
rc libgnomedb3-common 3.0.0-4build1 Database UI widget library for GNOME2 -- com
rc libgnomekbd2 2.22.0-1 GNOME library to manage keyboard configurati
rc libgnomekbdui2 2.22.0-1 User interface library for libgnomekbd - sha
rc libgnutls13 2.0.4-1ubuntu2.3 the GNU TLS library - runtime library
rc libgoffice-0-6 0.6.5-1ubuntu1 Document centric objects library - runtime f
rc libgpmg1 1.19.6-25ubuntu1 General Purpose Mouse - shared library
rc libgsf-gnome-1-114 1.14.11-1ubuntu1 Structured File Library - runtime version fo
rc libgtkglext1 1.2.0-1ubuntu1 OpenGL Extension to GTK+ (shared libraries)
rc libgtkhtml-editor0 1:3.25.90-0ubuntu1 HTML rendering/editing library - editor widg
rc libgucharmap6 1:2.22.1-0ubuntu2 Unicode browser widget library (shared libra
rc libhunspell-1.1-0 1.1.9-1 spell checker and morphological analyzer (sh
rc libid3tag0 0.15.1b-10 ID3 tag reading library from the MAD project
rc libisc32 1:9.4.2-10ubuntu0.1 ISC Shared Library used by BIND
rc libisc35 1:9.4.2.dfsg.P2-2ubuntu0.1 ISC Shared Library used by BIND
rc libisccc30 1:9.4.2.dfsg.P2-2ubuntu0.1 Command Channel Library used by BIND
rc libisccfg30 1:9.4.2.dfsg.P2-2ubuntu0.1 Config File Handling Library used by BIND
rc libloudmouth1-0 1.4.2-2 Lightweight C Jabber library
rc libltdl3 1.5.26-1ubuntu1 A system independent dlopen wrapper for GNU
rc liblwres30 1:9.4.2.dfsg.P2-2ubuntu0.1 Lightweight Resolver Library used by BIND
ri libmad0 0.15.1b-4 MPEG audio decoder library
rc libmagick10 7: image manipulation library
rc libmpeg2-4 0.4.1-3 MPEG1 and MPEG2 video decoder library
rc libmtp7 Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) library
rc libnm-util0 0.7~~svn20081018t105859-0ubuntu1.8.10.1 network management framework (shared library
rc libntfs-3g23 1:1.2216-1ubuntu2 ntfs-3g filesystem in userspace (FUSE) libra
rc libntfs-3g28 1:1.2506-1ubuntu2 ntfs-3g filesystem in userspace (FUSE) libra
rc libopal-2.2 2.2.11~dfsg1-4ubuntu1 Open Phone Abstraction Library - successor o
rc libopenal0a 1:0.0.8-7 OpenAL is a portable library for 3D spatiali
rc libopencdk10 0.6.6-1ubuntu1 Open Crypto Development Kit (OpenCDK) (runti
rc libopenexr2ldbl 1.2.2-4.4ubuntu1 runtime files for the OpenEXR image library
rc libparted1.7-1 1.7.1-5.1ubuntu9.1 The GNU Parted disk partitioning shared libr
rc libparted1.8-9 1.8.8.git.2008.03.24-7ubuntu7 The GNU Parted disk partitioning shared libr
rc libpoppler-glib2 0.6.4-1ubuntu3.1 PDF rendering library (GLib-based shared lib
rc libpoppler2 0.6.4-1ubuntu3.1 PDF rendering library
rc libpulsecore5 0.9.10-2ubuntu9.3 PulseAudio sound server core
rc libsidplay1 1.36.59-5 SID (MOS 6581) emulation library
rc libsmbios1 0.13.10-1ubuntu1.1 Provide access to (SM)BIOS information -- dy
rc libtotem-plparser10 2.22.3-0ubuntu2 Totem Playlist Parser library - runtime vers
rc libxcb-xlib0 1.1-1.1 X C Binding, Xlib/XCB interface library
rc linux-image-2.6.24-16-generic 2.6.24-16.30 Linux kernel image for version 2.6.24 on x86
rc linux-restricted-modules-2.6.24-16-generic Non-free Linux 2.6.24 modules on x86/x86_64
rc linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24-16-generic 2.6.24-16.23 Ubuntu supplied Linux modules for version 2.
rc myspell-en-us 1:2.4.0~m240-1ubuntu1 English_american dictionary for myspell
rc powermanagement-interface 0.3.18 platform neutral powermanagement interface
rc scrollkeeper 0.3.14-15ubuntu1 A free electronic cataloging system for docu
ri ubuntu-standard 1.132 The Ubuntu standard system
rc xserver-xorg-video-via 1:0.2.2-5 X.Org X server -- VIA display driver

not sure if this helps or makes this even more confused!

any ideas?

February 11th, 2009, 09:25 PM
Have you tried the other favourites:

sudo apt-get install -f
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoclean

February 11th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Have you tried the other favourites:

sudo apt-get install -f
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoclean

yes to no avail i'm afraid, similar dpkg errors

February 12th, 2009, 09:49 AM
What do you get with

df -h
This will give you the amount of space used by partitions and the problem may be with the boot partition being full.

February 12th, 2009, 11:57 AM
This is likely not very helpful...
i previously had some severe problems with my system (among others dpkg/synaptic/recovery) after following a data programs advice to "download zip".
I know ubuntu has a zip but i thought i may have it there twice just to get things running, turns out it completely kicked out any zip-related system functions...no functional synaptic / recovery.

good luck

February 12th, 2009, 12:02 PM
Well, it is an Alpha on your testsystem. Simply erase your harddrive and install the Alpha 4. It should work than.

February 12th, 2009, 06:14 PM
Was hoping not to have to do an install again but ah well, i'll try the df -h

February 12th, 2009, 06:17 PM
I must be blind, but where are the errors?

At first that "dpkg -l" are all obsolete packages, Removing them with "sudo apt-get autoremove"

February 12th, 2009, 06:55 PM
Have you tried deleting the package cache lists? They were corrupted a while back for me so deleting them fixed the problem.

sudo rm /var/cache/apt/*.bin

February 12th, 2009, 07:31 PM
I'm sorry, but I'm having some trouble viewing the error message in your main post. Can you repost it please?