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December 3rd, 2008, 07:26 PM
I got this problem:
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mic@mUBUNTU:~$ sudo apt-get upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
Setting up kvm-source (1:72+dfsg-1ubuntu6) ...

Error! DKMS tree already contains: kvm-72
You cannot add the same module/version combo more than once.
dpkg: error processing kvm-source (--configure):
subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 3
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
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how can i fix it? thanks

December 12th, 2008, 07:01 PM
I have the same problem with kvm.

Where can I find additional info ? Message from dpkg little informative what exactly goes wrong.

December 12th, 2008, 07:09 PM
I had virtualbox on core 2 duo. When i wanted try kvm dpkg crash with above message and i cant logging in gdm (no keyboard resposne in gdm, console works) but

apt-get remove kvm doesnt work
dpkg --configure -a nothing change.

January 11th, 2010, 01:02 AM
same here, using:


i get:

run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/header_postinst.d/dkms
* Running DKMS auto installation service for kernel 2.6.31-9-rt * vboxdrv (3.0.8)... [ OK ]
* vboxnetadp (3.0.8)... [ OK ]
* vboxnetflt (3.0.8)... [ OK ]

Configurando virtualbox-ose-source (3.0.8-dfsg-1ubuntu1) ...
Adding modules to DKMS build system

Error! DKMS tree already contains: vboxdrv-3.0.8
You cannot add the same module/version combo more than once.
dpkg: error al procesar virtualbox-ose-source (--configure):

please someone give us a hint on how to fix this..

February 1st, 2010, 03:00 AM

June 21st, 2011, 05:43 PM
At least in Natty, I did the following and solved the problem:

1- sudo apt-get purge virtualbox-ose-dkms
2- Clear all the old stuff in /var/lib/dkms from older VBox versions (I had modules for vboxdrv, etc)
3- sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose-dkms. You'll get the error
4- sudo dkms install -m virtualbox-ose-dksm -v 4.0.4

And now my VirtualBox works.