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E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

I wanted to install bluefish editor but I got this error. This is not the first error I got involving packages. I installed Linux Mint 17 two days ago and every time after a reboot there is some kind ...
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How to recreate /var/lib/dpkg/status?

I have deleted some files around /var/lib/dpkg/, namely: /var/lib/dpkg/status /var/lib/dpkg/available /var/lib/dpkg/info/* I understand Debian uses these files to keep some information about ...
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what does “dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -d -us -uc -S failed” mean?

I was trying to build a simple Debian package, I did these steps with user root: First, I downloaded the upstream tarball, then: $ mv hithere-1.0.tar.gz hithere_1.0.orig.tar.gz Then: $ tar ...
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Behavior of dpkg -S when the argument starts with a slash

dpkg -S /usr/share/doc/tasksel-data # fine dpkg -S usr/share/doc/tasksel-data # fine dpkg -S /share/doc/tasksel-data # not found dpkg -S share/doc/tasksel-data # fine dpkg -S ...
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Error message: unknown user 'geoclue' in statoverride file

I obtained a strange error message inside a chroot: unknown user 'geoclue' in statoverride file when running apt-get install or apt-get upgrade. I use schroot to enter this chroot. I found that I ...
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“except (IOError, OSError), e: SyntaxError: invalid syntax” when configuring python-lockfile

I am having trouble installing any new packages in Ubuntu because of python. I tried sudo apt-get install python3 python3-dev but I am getting the following output :: dpkg: error processing ...
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dpkg cannot find ldconfig/start-stop-daemon in the PATH variable

I was trying to install bsd-mailx utility the package got installed however I am wondering about the error. This is the error I get: Preconfiguring packages ... dpkg: warning: 'ldconfig' not found ...
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Install from a deb file, by dpkg -i or by apt?

I have a deb package for installation. Shall I install by dpkg -i my.deb, or by apt? Will both handle the software dependency problem well? If by apt, how can I install from the deb by apt?
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How to find out which package installed a symlink

In this question I describe my problems finding out the package that installed the final target of the /usr/bin/rename command. dpkg -S /usr/bin/rename did not give a result, but after first finding ...
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How to find the package that installed a comand, if “dpkg -S” finds no path because the command is a symlink?

While I was writing up a tag information for rename, I tried to look up with which package the rename command was installed. I ran the usual "dpkg -S" (also mentioned in this question): $ which ...
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Does dpkg -r consider dependence between applications?

When removing an application using dpkg -r, how does it handle dependence between installed applications? If some other installed application depends on the application to be removed, and we still ...
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After upgrade MongoDB it does not start and log is empty

Can you help me with this problem please? I have updated (apt-get upgrade) my system Debian GNU/Linux 7.6 (wheezy) but for problem with disk space operation failed. After I have released disk space, ...
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Debian: prevent particular file from being overwritten during package upgrade

I understand that a package has two components: config and data files. During package upgrade (i.e. security upgrade) data files can be overwritten, but config files should always stay the same. Also ...
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How can I made a Debian ports like repo?

Is there a way to have only a debian folder and build the package (downloading and unpacking the sources) automatic? I've seen uscan but it scans for new packages, it doesn't allow to have a fixed ...
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apt-get returns strange error

I am on kali linux and when I run apt-get update it returns this: W: Unknown flag value: yes W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems after running apt-get update several ...
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“UnicodeDecodeError: 'utf-8' codec can't decode byte 0xff in position 0: invalid start byte” error when attempting to remove nvidia-304 package

I'm trying to remove package nvidia-304 from my system (Ubuntu 14.04) but I'm getting this error: Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y (Reading database ... 283298 files and directories currently ...
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many many dpkg errors while upgrading

I am using Ubuntu 14.04, newly upgraded from 12.04. I was trying to upgrade my software, but it is showing many, many dpkg errors regarding texlive-*. When I type following command: sudo apt-get ...
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'ImportError: No module named _struct' error when managing packages

I'm running elementary OS 0.2 (based on Ubuntu 12.04) and starting today I'm seeing a weird error when attempting to install/upgrade packages. Just now for example I did a: sudo apt-get update ...
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How do I remove a driver when apt-get remove fails?

I am trying to remove fglrx-driver as part of an upgrade from wheezy to jessie. Running apt-get dist-upgrade failed with the following message: fglrx-driver ... dpkg: error processing fglrx-driver ...
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Zentyal dpkg dependecy install problems because packages are not configured

I have done a fresh install of Zentyal 3.5, which is based on Ubuntu 14.04. To be fully operational, several modules must be installed. Many of these modules failed to install since a chain of them ...
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I can't install new packages and can't update and upgrade

I'm trying to install some program on Ubuntu, but when I try it I got the following error.- E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable) E: Unable to lock ...
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Get package version of file

I've deleted a file in /etc provided by package packageA. Is there a way that I can reinstall only that file, provided I know where it is and which package provides it? I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 and ...
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Sort installed applications according by usage frequency?

My / is running low. So I am considering freeing up some space by uninstalling some packages. “Which installed software packages use the most disk space on Debian?” already covers sorting by size, but ...
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What do you do when you try to sudo and root's PATH has gone kerblooey?

I've got a feeling something bad just happened to this machine. faheem@bulldog:/usr/local/src/mercurial$ sudo dpkg -i mercurial_3.0-1_amd64.deb mercurial-common_3.0-1_all.deb dpkg: warning: ...
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The difference between a binary and a source package in Ubuntu/Debian?

The information below seems misleading. I am confused with the example they give that if you lose dpkg (the program that lets you handle .deb files) you can use the other commands ar, tar, and gzip ...
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Rename Debian package automatically pulled by apt-get upgrade

I have installed package_a with version 1.0. How to configure package control script for package_b (e.g version 1.1) to automatically replace package_a? tried (as described in 7.6.2): Package: ...
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Why do package managers need lock files?

dpkg uses a lock file (/var/lib/dpkg/lock), when in use. Why are these lockfiles needed? Why are multiple instances not possible?
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Installing python gives dpkg error

Installing python gives a dpkg error. I have done these commands, output below $ sudo apt-get install python3.4 $ sudo dpkg -C $ sudo apt-get check $ apt-cache policy libglib2.0-dev $ sudo ...
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“E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) ” What does this mean?

I've seen this message several times whenever someone has a problem installing, upgrading or removing some piece of software, but I wonder, what does it mean, and more importantly, how can I solve it? ...
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Debian: get package name for installed file

I'm connected via SSH to a PC running Linux kernel 3.11.1: root@alix:~# uname -r 3.11.1 how can I find out which package installed this specific file or kernel version respectively? I tried ...
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debootstrap terminates partway through with “stdin: not in compressed format”

I'm on an Arch GNU/Linux system, fully up-to-date (both official repositories and from the AUR). I'm attempting to install a copy of Debian Wheezy so that I can chroot into it and work with the ...
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How to verify that package-installed files match originals?

Let's say I have an installed, working and up-to-date system, and want to verify that all package-installed files on it are the same as those packaged by the respective package maintainer. In effect, ...
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Create a deb package from difference between two images

I am maintaining an Ubuntu server image as a development environment with several deployments. If my base image changes - install a package, modify conf files, etc - I am manually patching the new ...
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Backtrace of “git clone” running inside qemu-user-emulation based arm-chroot

I'm running a wheezy:armhf chroot using qemu user emulation on my jessie:x86_64 system. Somehow, a git clone on a particular private repository will hang inside the chroot, while succeed natively. ...
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Start an installed Debian Package from Konsole

i have installed teamviewer from dpkg and when i list it: dpkg-query -l it shows up, but how can i run it? Its not under "Applications" thanks!
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Unable to remove openmediavault package due to postrm script error

I'm a Unix noob so struggling a bit with the commands. Managed to set up SABnzb, Sickbeard and Couch Potato and all working nicely I have a problem with Ubuntu 12.04 server. When trying to upgrade or ...
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dpkg won't install package with dependencies that have newer version

Please someone explain to me this, because it makes no sense: $ dpkg -i freeling-3.1-quantal-x86_64.deb Selecting previously unselected package freeling. (Reading database ... 283003 files and ...
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How to force `dpkg` to install dependencies [closed]

I would like to install .deb file via dpkg in Arch Linux. This .deb file needs many dependencies. I don't want to install dependencies by hand. How do I force dpkg to install dependencies?
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How to combine deb dependencies into main package?

I want to include deb-dependencies with main deb-package. Consider 1 deb package which have 19 deb dependencies, so I have to install all packages by dpkg -i *.deb. If all 19 dependencies can be ...
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How do I confirm if another instance of my package manager is still running?

dpkg is reporting that the database is locked which may imply that another instance of the package manager is still running so how do I check this? I have a Debian based system and this came up while ...
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Unable to install new package on debian armhf

I got a debian 7.4 armhf that have been running for month without any problems. A few days ago I made some updates, and after that it seams that my dpkg doesn't work correctly any more. When I try to ...
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When installing libpbc on Linux Mint, configure fails, and there is a shell script for dpkg, but it seems to have no output

I am trying to install libpbc.I started with the git URL. The git clone command installed a new pbc directory. The INSTALL file advises using ./configure. However this command returns, configure: ...
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What means “unable to make backup link of /binary before installing new version: No such file or directory”?

I'm trying to upgrade some package in a VM, but I dpkg refuses to apply the upgrades due the following: dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/ifupdown_0.7.5ubuntu2.2_amd64.deb (--unpack): ...
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dpkg won`t install any package

I`m in deep trouble with my Ubuntu 13.04. Ubuntu stopped support of 13.04 so I added wheezy repository to sources.list then upgraded my system. After then I can neither install any package nor upgrade ...
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How to remove Dropbox

I am trying to remove Dropbox from my computer. So far I have done the following: sudo aptitude remove dropbox sudo aptitude purge dropbox But this didn't get rid of it 100% oshiro@debian:~$ ...
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subprocess installed pre-removal script returned error exit status 1

Here is the virtualbox-4.3.prerm script. apt-cache policy virtualbox-guest-additions-iso virtualbox virtualbox-4.3. I was trying to install virtualbox-guess-additions-iso, and got the following ...
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Linux Debain Squeezy Distro: Weakerth4n, Kconfig && make issues

I am running the Weakerth4n linux operating system on my old dell d600 laptop I got at Defcon for $80 USD. Anyway I had a question about making certain programs (like Virtual Box) this may be as ...
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debian: remove all packages installed on a specific day

I have to remove all packages installed on a specific day. My solution is to look up the file /var/log/dpkg.log, find out the entry with the right date, extract the names of the packages and remove ...
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Error when installing Oracle VirtualBox on Ubuntu 12.04

I got the following error and couldn't find any solution on Google: apt-get -f install VirtualBox-4.3 dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/virtualbo ...
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I deleted /bin/rm. How do I recover it?

Just for fun, I thought I would use this command on my Raspberry PI running Raspbian: sudo rm -f /bin/rm I thought I could just reinstall coreutils: I was wrong! apt-get install --reinstall ...