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    E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'.Please see man 5 apt

    I ran into this problem myself, and I've seen that others have had the same problem when updating from Karmic to Lucid via apt-get. There is a bug in apt for Lucid, and it has been noted on one of the Ubuntu lists (sorry, I lost the link.)

    This is a simple how-to and a work-around to the upgrading with apt-get:

    1) Update your sources.list file to replace all instances of 'karmic" to 'lucid' :

    $ sudo sed -i 's/karmic/lucid/g' /etc/apt/sources.list

    2) Run apt-get update:

    $ sudo apt-get update

    3) Run a regular upgrade;

    $ sudo apt-get upgrade -y

    Here is where the problem comes in. Apt is looking for the util-linux package, which is part of upstart-job, but someone apparenlty forgot to write the code to tell apt-about this (whoops!)

    So, you now need to install upstart-job by itself. By skipping this step you will get the error message when you try to run step 5: "E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'.Please see man 5 apt"

    4) $ sudo apt-get install upstart-job

    5) Now you can run apt-get dist-upgrade:

    $ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y

    Hope this helps out anyone who got stuck.

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    Re: E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'.Please see man 5 apt

    Helped me out- many thanks!
    I just wonder how you found out what the problem was and then how to solve it. More clever than me I guess!!!
    radsdau

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    Smile Re: E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'.Please see man 5 apt

    Thank you copperhead27. My problem was resolved.

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    Re: E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'.Please see man 5 apt

    Interesting. I was using aptitude to upgrade. Instead of upstart-job, I had to do:

    $ sudo aptitude install upstart

    But that worked great. Thanks for the lead!
    Last edited by JoseRijo; September 6th, 2010 at 02:22 PM. Reason: Forgot the 'install' (thanks Neal2)

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    Re: E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'.Please see man 5 apt

    & thanks from me

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    Re: E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'.Please see man 5 apt

    Thank you very much for this. For the record, the aptitude command should be:

    sudo aptitude install upstart

    Neal

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    Talking Re: E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'.Please see man 5 apt

    Thanks, that did the trick.
    ... followed by sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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    Re: E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'.Please see man 5 apt

    thanks a ton

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    Re: E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'.Please see man 5 apt

    Closed, necromancy.

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