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I'm using Mint 13 if that matters. And I'm new.

Anyway, I tried installing Adobe Reader 9 using their installer from:


It got stuck when on a line that said something about setting up icons. There was no CPU usage for about an hour, so I killed the process.

Of course, running apt-get again (to install another program) gives me a lock error. So after rebooting to unlock, I use this command:

sudo dpkg -a --configure

and then...

sudo apt-get -f install

... as instructed by similar questions on the "AskUbuntu" forum. However, it once again gets stuck at an installation step and gives me this line:

Setting up acroread (9.4.7-1oneiric1) ...

...which I then kill. I tried using Synaptic to mark the incomplete acroread install for deletion, but it gets hung up on another line. It says something about a plugin being invalid if I recall correctly.

I want to tell apt-get to just stop trying to install acroread every time I use the command. Any ideas?

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Happens what if you apt-get remove acroread? – Renan Oct 3 '12 at 19:18

Try apt-get purge acroread or dpkg --purge acroread.

If neither of these work first time, edit /var/lib/dpkg/info/acroread.postinst and add exit 0 as the second line of the script (immediately after the #! line).

Then run dpkg --configure acroread. This will allow the package configuration to complete (without doing anything, so it's not really completely installed and configured) so apt-get won't try to reconfigure it again.

You should now be able to purge the acroread package.

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