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    dpkg: warning: files list file for package 'lsof' missing; assuming package has no fi

    can some one help me with this im srsly stuck here and im a n00b when it comes to linux i used sudo apt-get upgrade and i got this.
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    Reading package lists... DoneBuilding dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Calculating upgrade... Done
    The following packages will be upgraded:
      apport apport-gtk bsdutils evolution-data-server
      evolution-data-server-common evolution-data-server-online-accounts file
      flashplugin-installer fonts-droid gir1.2-ebook-1.2 gir1.2-ebookcontacts-1.2
      gir1.2-edataserver-1.2 gir1.2-gudev-1.0 language-selector-common
      language-selector-gnome libblkid1 libcamel-1.2-45 libebackend-1.2-7
      libebook-1.2-14 libebook-contacts-1.2-0 libecal-1.2-16 libedata-book-1.2-20
      libedata-cal-1.2-23 libedataserver-1.2-18 libgudev-1.0-0 libmagic1 libmount1
      libpam-systemd libsystemd-daemon0 libsystemd-journal0 libsystemd-login0
      libudev1 libunity-control-center1 libuuid1 libvncserver0 man-db mount
      python-apport python-problem-report python3-apport python3-problem-report
      systemd-services udev unity-control-center util-linux uuid-runtime
    46 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 886 kB/9,108 kB of archives.
    After this operation, 127 kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
    Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-updates/main bsdutils i386 1:2.20.1-5.1ubuntu20.2 [34.0 kB]
    Get:2 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-updates/main man-db i386 2.6.7.1-1ubuntu1 [852 kB]
    Fetched 886 kB in 1s (572 kB/s) 
    Extracting templates from packages: 100%
    Preconfiguring packages ...
    dpkg: warning: files list file for package 'lsof' missing; assuming package has no files currently installed
    dpkg: warning: files list file for package 'libitm1:i386' missing; assuming package has no files currently installed
    dpkg: warning: files list file for package 'libgomp1:i386' missing; assuming package has no files currently installed
    dpkg: warning: files list file for package 'libasyncns0:i386' missing; assuming package has no files currently installed
    dpkg: warning: files list file for package 'pulseaudio' missing; assuming package has no files currently installed
    dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
     unable to open files list file for package `x11-xfs-utils': No such device or address
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)
    Last edited by oldos2er; October 9th, 2014 at 12:57 AM.

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    Re: n00b here 14.04/64 bit

    Did you run sudo apt-get update first? That's necessary before the upgrade.

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    Re: n00b here 14.04/64 bit

    The error messages seem to indicate a corruption of the dpkg database files in /var/lib/dpkg/info .
    That's rather rare. And serious.

    Do you have _any_ other 'file not found' or 'missing data' errors?
    Possible causes are numerous, but can include a dying hard drive.

    Back up your data, in case the problem is due to hardware or requires a reinstall.

    That particular database is filled when you install a package, so one solution is to reinstall the affected packages.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall lsof libitm1:i386 libgomp1:i386 libasyncns0:i386 pulseaudio x11-xfs-utils
    You may need to make a few tries, as new error messages uncover more damaged files to add to the list.
    Last edited by ian-weisser; October 8th, 2014 at 06:25 PM.

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    Re: dpkg: warning: files list file for package 'lsof' missing; assuming package has n

    Code:
    dpkg: warning: files list file for package `x' missing; assuming package has no files currently installed
    This type of thing can also be brought about by a /var/lib/dpkg/info/format file which may need to be regenerated afresh by dpkg.
    Code:
    sudo rm -f /var/lib/dpkg/info/format
    ...then
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --configure -a
    YMMV

    Cheers!

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