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    dpkg --configure -a Issue, please help!

    Aside from my sound problem, almost anytime I enter a command in the Terminal or use Synaptic Package Manager I get the error:
    dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem

    While I understand it may happen from time to time, I don't think it should be happening quite that much.

    Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

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    Re: dpkg --configure -a Issue, please help!

    That once happened to me. I eventually gave it a little R@R... Reformat and Reinstall.
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    You can use Keryx to download your .debs with dependencies from any OS!

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    Re: dpkg --configure -a Issue, please help!

    Thank you.

    By that you mean completely reinstalling Ubuntu?

    I assume that fixed the issue...?

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    Re: dpkg --configure -a Issue, please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by edxmonkey View Post
    Aside from my sound problem, almost anytime I enter a command in the Terminal or use Synaptic Package Manager I get the error:
    dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem

    While I understand it may happen from time to time, I don't think it should be happening quite that much.

    Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
    HI and have you run that command in the terminal
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --configure -a

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    Re: dpkg --configure -a Issue, please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by edxmonkey View Post
    Thank you.

    By that you mean completely reinstalling Ubuntu?

    I assume that fixed the issue...?
    Yes, a complete reinstall. I don't recommend it, but keep it in mind.

    Oh yes, a complete reinstall will fix almost anything!

    You should certainly try what overdrank said first, but it didn't work for me.
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    Re: dpkg --configure -a Issue, please help!

    Mm, more than once.

    If I want to enter almost any command I have to use 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' before anything will go through.

    I think part of the issue is that I suspect that I have damaged files or the like partially installed. I was trying to install the needed codecs, etc so I could at least play music while I tried to figure this out... However the sunjava whatnot is giving me grief. I'm really not sure what to do.

    More than anything I'd like to get sound on flash, youtube videos working, or get the needed codecs and whatnot so I can have some form of music.

    Learning to use a new OS is hard enough - without music I'm about to go crazy.

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    Re: dpkg --configure -a Issue, please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by edxmonkey View Post
    Mm, more than once.

    If I want to enter almost any command I have to use 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' before anything will go through.

    I think part of the issue is that I suspect that I have damaged files or the like partially installed. I was trying to install the needed codecs, etc so I could at least play music while I tried to figure this out... However the sunjava whatnot is giving me grief. I'm really not sure what to do.

    More than anything I'd like to get sound on flash, youtube videos working, or get the needed codecs and whatnot so I can have some form of music.

    Learning to use a new OS is hard enough - without music I'm about to go crazy.
    Ok if this started when installing the java then when you run the dpkg command it should correct the issue. If not then you may use the command
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install -f
    please post back any errors.

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    Re: dpkg --configure -a Issue, please help!

    Man, don't give up on Ubuntu. I had the same issue and considered going back to Windoze exclusively. Don't.
    Good luck.
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    Re: dpkg --configure -a Issue, please help!

    Oh - no I'm not going back, this is just how I learn.

    If I don't force myself I won't learn as quickly or efficiently as I should - so I got rid of Windows completely. Now I've super motivation to learn to fully use this.

    Also I will try that and post the results. Thank you. ^^;

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    Re: dpkg --configure -a Issue, please help!

    E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
    edward@NOVA:~$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
    edward@NOVA:~$ sudo apt-get install -f
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre
    Suggested packages:
    binfmt-support sun-java6-fonts sun-java6-plugin ia32-sun-java6-plugin
    ttf-wqy-zenhei
    Recommended packages:
    gsfonts-x11
    The following packages will be upgraded:
    sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre
    2 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    2 not fully installed or removed.
    Need to get 0B/33.6MB of archives.
    After this operation, 96.4MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    Preconfiguring packages ...
    (Reading database ...
    dpkg: serious warning: files list file for package `sun-java6-jre' missing, assuming package has no files currently installed.

    Then it gives me another few lines similar the the one above and jumps to a package configuration for sun-java6 bin.

    I'm sure it's some user error - but any ideas?

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