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  1. #1
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    Can't sudo-apt anything - fatal error? sounds bad

    Hi there,

    Receive the following error when trying to sudo apt-get autoremove or upgrade

    Code:
    patrick@pryan75:~$ sudo apt-get autoremove
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    The following packages will be REMOVED:
      ca-certificates-java icedtea-6-jre-cacao java-common java-wrappers libaccess-bridge-java libaccess-bridge-java-jni libcommons-cli-java libcommons-lang-java
      libjline-java liblog4j1.2-java libswt-cairo-gtk-3.4-jni libswt-gnome-gtk-3.4-jni libswt-gtk-3.4-java libswt-gtk-3.4-jni libswt-mozilla-gtk-3.4-jni
      openjdk-6-jre openjdk-6-jre-headless openjdk-6-jre-lib rhino tzdata-java
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 20 to remove and 93 not upgraded.
    1 not fully installed or removed.
    After this operation, 95.4MB disk space will be freed.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    (Reading database ... 5%dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
     files list file for package `desktop-file-utils' contains empty filename
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)
    patrick@pryan75:~$
    Contents of file in question are as:

    Code:
    /etc/bash_completion.d/desktop-file-validate
    /etc/gnome/defaults.list
    /usr/bin/desktop-file-install
    /usr/bin/desktop-file-validate
    /usr/bin/update-desktop-database
    /usr/share/applications/defaults.list
    /usr/share/doc/desktop-file-utils/AUTHORS
    /usr/share/doc/desktop-file-utils/NEWS.gz
    /usr/share/doc/desktop-file-utils/README
    /usr/share/doc/desktop-file-utils/TODO.Debian
    /usr/share/doc/desktop-file-utils/changelog.Debian.gz
    /usr/share/doc/desktop-file-utils/copyright
    /usr/share/man/man1/desktop-file-validate.1.gz
    /usr/share/man/man8/desktop-file-install.8.gz
    Maybe this error log has something?:

    Code:
    ProblemType: Package
    Architecture: i386
    Date: Fri Mar  5 21:08:08 2010
    Package: doc-base 0.9.3
    SourcePackage: doc-base
    ErrorMessage:
     subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2
    DpkgTerminalLog:
     
     Log started: 2010-03-04  15:16:25
     (Reading database ... 
    (Reading database ... 5%dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
    
      files list file for package 'desktop-file-utils' is missing final newline
    
     Log ended: 2010-03-04  15:16:25
     
     Log started: 2010-03-04  15:16:48
     (Reading database ... 
    (Reading database ... 5%dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
    
      files list file for package 'desktop-file-utils' is missing final newline
    
     Log ended: 2010-03-04  15:16:48
     
     Log started: 2010-03-05  20:38:46
     (Reading database ... 
    (Reading database ... 5%dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
    
      files list file for package 'desktop-file-utils' is missing final newline
    
     Log ended: 2010-03-05  20:38:47
     
     Log started: 2010-03-05  20:40:24
     (Reading database ... 
    (Reading database ... 5%dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
    
      files list file for package 'desktop-file-utils' is missing final newline
    
     Log ended: 2010-03-05  20:40:25
     
     Log started: 2010-03-05  20:42:44
     (Reading database ... 
    (Reading database ... 5%dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
    
      files list file for package 'desktop-file-utils' is missing final newline
    
     Log ended: 2010-03-05  20:42:44
     
     Log started: 2010-03-05  20:44:40
     (Reading database ... 
    (Reading database ... 5%dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
    
      files list file for package 'desktop-file-utils' is missing final newline
    
     Log ended: 2010-03-05  20:44:40
     
     Log started: 2010-03-05  20:46:29
     (Reading database ... 
    (Reading database ... 5%dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
    
      files list file for package 'desktop-file-utils' is missing final newline
    
     Log ended: 2010-03-05  20:46:29
     
     Log started: 2010-03-05  20:50:58
     (Reading database ... 
    (Reading database ... 5%dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
    
      files list file for package 'desktop-file-utils' is missing final newline
    
     Log ended: 2010-03-05  20:50:59
     
     Log started: 2010-03-05  20:54:35
     Log ended: 2010-03-05  20:54:35
     
     Log started: 2010-03-05  21:08:08
     Setting up doc-base (0.9.3) ...
    
     MLDBM error: Second level tie failed, "No such file or directory" at /usr/share/perl5/Debian/DocBase/DB.pm line 44
    
     Can't access /var/lib/doc-base/info/files.db: No such file or directory
    
      at /usr/share/perl5/Debian/DocBase/DocBaseFile.pm line 64
    
     dpkg: error processing doc-base (--configure):
    
      subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2
    
    AptOrdering:
     doc-base: Configure
    Dmesg:
     <removed extraneous logging>
    Dependencies:
     base-files 5.0.0ubuntu7
     base-passwd 3.5.21
     coreutils 7.4-2ubuntu1
     debconf 1.5.27ubuntu2
     debconf-i18n 1.5.27ubuntu2
     debianutils 2.30ubuntu3
     dpkg 1.15.4ubuntu2
     findutils 4.4.2-1
     gcc-4.4-base 4.4.1-4ubuntu9
     libacl1 2.2.47-2
     libattr1 1:2.4.43-3
     libc-bin 2.10.1-0ubuntu16
     libc6 2.10.1-0ubuntu16
     libdb4.7 4.7.25-7ubuntu2
     libgcc1 1:4.4.1-4ubuntu9
     libgdbm3 1.8.3-4
     liblocale-gettext-perl 1.05-4build1
     libmldbm-perl 2.01-2
     libpam-modules 1.1.0-2ubuntu1
     libpam-runtime 1.1.0-2ubuntu1
     libpam0g 1.1.0-2ubuntu1
     libselinux1 2.0.85-2ubuntu2
     libstdc++6 4.4.1-4ubuntu9
     libtext-charwidth-perl 0.04-5build1
     libtext-iconv-perl 1.7-1build1
     libtext-wrapi18n-perl 0.06-7
     libuuid-perl 0.02-3build1
     libuuid1 2.16-1ubuntu5
     lzma 4.43-14ubuntu1
     passwd 1:4.1.4.1-1ubuntu2
     perl 5.10.0-24ubuntu4
     perl-base 5.10.0-24ubuntu4
     perl-modules 5.10.0-24ubuntu4
     tzdata 2009u-0ubuntu0.9.10
     zlib1g 1:1.2.3.3.dfsg-13ubuntu3
    DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
    PackageArchitecture: all
    ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-17.54-generic
    Title: package doc-base 0.9.3 failed to install/upgrade: subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2
    Uname: Linux 2.6.31-17-generic i686
    If anyone has any ideas, I'm wide open here.

    I have tried: reinstalling doc-base & desktop-file-utils, get the same error. I edited the desktop-file-utils to what is listed on Ubuntu main site. I tried forcing it with
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -r --force-all desktop-file-utils
    same error.

    Any guidance is much appreciated.

    Pr

  2. #2
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    Re: Can't sudo-apt anything - fatal error? sounds bad

    Here's an old bug posted on this. It sounds like you could delete the file in question (under /var/lib/dpkg/info/...)

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...kg/+bug/108189

  3. #3
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    Re: Can't sudo-apt anything - fatal error? sounds bad

    sweet,

    this worked:

    first, edit /var/lib/dpkg/info/desktop-file-utils.list so that there are no extra lines at the bottom of the file. I had manually edited this file to remove a line of garbage...as outlined in the forum post provided by bcbc [thanks sir]

    then:

    Code:
    sudo dpkg -r --force-all doc-base
    then:

    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i --force-all doc-base
    and while I am not sure why this worked, I'm thankful it did.

    Pr

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