View Full Version : [ubuntu] Please help - Faulty driver package wrecks updates

December 26th, 2008, 06:05 PM
E: The package mfc9180lpr needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it.
E: Internal error opening cache (1). Please report.

The printer package was downloaded from the official brother site.

Now I can't update, can't remove, can't reinstall. Neither update manager nor Synaptic will start because of this package. Please help?

Version is 8.10

December 26th, 2008, 11:50 PM
I forgot to add the Ubuntu version in the last post. It is 8.10.

December 27th, 2008, 12:16 AM
This is what worked for me.
Open a terminal and try

sudo dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq mfc9180lpr
If that does not work then open up //var/lib/dpkg/status

sudo cp /var/lib/dpkg/status /var/lib/dpkg/status.backup

gksu gedit /var/lib/dpkg/status
search for mfc9180lpr, should look something like this:

Package: mfc9180lpr
Status: deinstall reinstreq half-installed
Maintainer: Brother Industries, Ltd.
Architecture: i386
Version: 1.1.2-1
Description: Brother lpr Printer Definitions
Copyright: 2003 Brother Industries, Ltd. All Rights Reserved
Brother printer Driver
delete it and save.
Then back in the terminal

sudo apt-get -f install
sudo dpkg --configure -a

December 27th, 2008, 09:53 AM
Thank you so very much. That did it.

December 27th, 2008, 02:25 PM
Oh, and there was no faulty driver. I just did it wrong...

Though it can't be good that the update thingie is so easy to inadvertently break