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    vlc update issue[solved]

    i am using gnewsense 2.3 which is pretty much ubuntu jaunty as i understand it.

    last night my updates available icon popped up and i proceeded to update

    the update was for a package called vlc-nox

    BUT when i ran the update i got this error

    dpkg: parse error, in file `/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 14967 package `vlc-nox':
    `Conflicts' field, reference to `vlc-plugin-lirc': version contains `)'

    if i try to update with apt-get or aptitude i get the same error.

    if i try to remove the package vlc with apt-get,aptitude, or synaptic i get the same error

    i tried to reconfigure vlc with dpkg and got the same error

    kinda scary

    has anyone else had this problem?

    any ideas?


    My /var/lib/dpkg/status file had somehow become corrupted. The error tells me that near line 14967 there's an error. so i go there an i find some crazy looking square characters where the version number should be for package vlc-plugin-lirc. so i make a backup of he file, and then replace the corrupted characters with the proper version number. i had to make an educated guess, based on the version numbers of most of the other packages. save the file and run apt-get reinstall and abracadabra it works!

    i think the corrupted characters were confusing dpkg which is why it was telling me i needed an update, and apt-get was confused by them as well, which is why i couldn't reinstall. just thought i'd post this in case anyone else runs into this problem. not sure what category it should go in. i'll let the admins decide.
    Last edited by 3l3vans; January 13th, 2010 at 09:23 PM. Reason: problem solved


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