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Thread: dpkg configure -a serious problem wont fix

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    Unhappy dpkg configure -a serious problem wont fix

    Hello
    I have a problem with updating and installing anything since
    dpkg was interrupted and when I run
    Code:
    dpkg --configure -a
    to fix the problem it starts
    Code:
    Setting up firefox (3.6.9~hg20100817r34537+nobinonly-0ubuntu1~umd2~lucid) ...
    and it stays like this forever
    I'm new to ubuntu and I'm stuck here, I cant update :'( or install anything
    humanity is overrated...

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    Re: dpkg configure -a serious problem wont fix

    Try this:
    sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/dpkg

    then try this:
    sudo apt-get upgrade dpkg

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    Re: dpkg configure -a serious problem wont fix

    dude thnx, you're awesome!! it worked
    now can you explain to me WHY it worked ?? i'm a bit confused
    humanity is overrated...

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    Re: dpkg configure -a serious problem wont fix

    You're welcome; when you did the upgrade the permission to this folder got "deleted" /usr/bin/dpkg. so you issued a change mode 755 to restore this value and then you were able to upgrade the package.
    That happend to me before too!

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    Re: dpkg configure -a serious problem wont fix

    so its like locking the file right ? with the chmod we unlocked it then we upgrade
    thats clever I didnt know what locking files works this way
    thnx again
    humanity is overrated...

  6. #6
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    Re: dpkg configure -a serious problem wont fix

    Yes you could say that. You did not have permission to that file so you could not run it. see command "ls -l" so you can see what I mean.

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