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    Help Fix Broken Packages

    Hi everybody.

    I ended up with some broken packages after installing updates.

    When I do sudo apt-get -f install, I get the same error which is

    Code:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Correcting dependencies... Done
    The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required:
      libembryo0
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove it.
    The following extra packages will be installed:
      libefl
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
      libefl
    0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 8 not upgraded.
    6 not fully installed or removed.
    Need to get 0 B/1,389 kB of archives.
    After this operation, 3,617 kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    (Reading database ... 478527 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking libefl (from .../libefl_201212221917-539~quantal1_i386.deb) ...
    dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libefl_201212221917-539~quantal1_i386.deb (--unpack):
     trying to overwrite '/usr/lib/libevas.so.1.7.99', which is also in package libevas1 201210080233-5400~quantal1
    dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by signal (Broken pipe)
    Errors were encountered while processing:
     /var/cache/apt/archives/libefl_201212221917-539~quantal1_i386.deb
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
    I also tried using sudo apt-get autoremove to no avail.

    I need this fixed so I can install iotop in order to continue debugging the issue in this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2074692

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    Re: Help Fix Broken Packages

    Enter the Recovery Mode by holding shift after the start up logo. If you see Ubuntu logo you done it too late. From the recovery mode, navigate to initiate network mode or something like that which says network. Then go up to fix broken packages or update the packages. This will force update the packages and it should repair the broken ones.
    -- SupItsMartin

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    Re: Help Fix Broken Packages

    You can also use Synaptic Package Manager to repair broken packages from within your normal desktop.

    1. Install Synaptic
    2. Launch Synaptic
    3. Synaptic panel: Edit - Fix Broken Packages
    Last edited by Pjotr123; December 23rd, 2012 at 11:40 AM.

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    Re: Help Fix Broken Packages

    Quote Originally Posted by DBQ View Post
    Hi everybody.

    I ended up with some broken packages after installing updates.

    When I do sudo apt-get -f install, I get the same error which is

    Code:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Correcting dependencies... Done
    The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required:
      libembryo0
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove it.
    The following extra packages will be installed:
      libefl
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
      libefl
    0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 8 not upgraded.
    6 not fully installed or removed.
    Need to get 0 B/1,389 kB of archives.
    After this operation, 3,617 kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    (Reading database ... 478527 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking libefl (from .../libefl_201212221917-539~quantal1_i386.deb) ...
    dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libefl_201212221917-539~quantal1_i386.deb (--unpack):
     trying to overwrite '/usr/lib/libevas.so.1.7.99', which is also in package libevas1 201210080233-5400~quantal1
    dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by signal (Broken pipe)
    Errors were encountered while processing:
     /var/cache/apt/archives/libefl_201212221917-539~quantal1_i386.deb
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
    I also tried using sudo apt-get autoremove to no avail.

    I need this fixed so I can install iotop in order to continue debugging the issue in this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2074692
    hy
    give: dpkg --configure -a --peding a try.
    cheers
    "What is the robbing of a bank compared to the FOUNDING of a bank?" Berthold Brecht

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    Re: Help Fix Broken Packages

    I tried all of the above approaches, except the recovery console.

    All of them fail with pretty much the same error.

    I will try the recovery console, but I have doubts it will help (I want to be wrong).

    Any other ideas?

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    Re: Help Fix Broken Packages

    Code:
    sudo apt-get clean

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    Re: Help Fix Broken Packages

    You could use dpkg to force an overwrite but why do you have that ppa installed that's providing libefl_201212221917-539 & what does this have to do with installing iotop?
    (& why do you have libevas1 installed?

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    Re: Help Fix Broken Packages

    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    You could use dpkg to force an overwrite but why do you have that ppa installed that's providing libefl_201212221917-539 & what does this have to do with installing iotop?
    (& why do you have libevas1 installed?

    I am not sure why it's there. At one point I was trying out many desktop environments (e.g. xmonad, mate, enlightenment, KDE, etc). Perhaps this is an artifact of those experiments.

    P.S. I also tried apt-get clean, but it did not solve the problem.

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    Re: Help Fix Broken Packages

    Code:
    libevas
    This is an E17 package and if you were using this ppa:hannes-janetzek/enlightenment-svn there were two broken package problems reported with it yesterday 12-22. This was a PPA maintainer error and he was notified.
    Last edited by Frogs Hair; December 23rd, 2012 at 11:29 PM.
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    Re: Help Fix Broken Packages

    I would not mind uninstalling enlightenment -- I do not use it.

    Whats the best way?

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