I bought a new Raspberry Pi 2 with ARM processor architecture. Tonight I did an update via sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade. I noticed, that it did update the dpkg package itself.

Now I wanted to install apache2 on the Raspbian system, but the dpkg binaries seem to be broken:

/usr/bin/dpkg-deb: 1: /usr/bin/dpkg-deb: Syntax error: word unexpected (expecting ")")
dpkg: Fehler beim Bearbeiten des Archivs /var/cache/apt/archives/apache2-data_2.4.10-10+deb8u3_all.deb (--unpack):
 Unterprozess dpkg-deb --control gab den Fehlerwert 2 zurück

For all none german speakers

"Fehler beim Bearbeiten des Archivs" means "An error occurred while processing the archive" and means "Unterprozess dpkg-deb --control gab den Fehlerwert 2 zurück" the "Subprocess dpkg-deb --control returned error code 2"

This happens to all packages I'm trying to install.

What can I do now?

  • It's a raspberry pi 2 running Raspbian (Debian) Jessy Dec 16, 2015 at 12:44

1 Answer 1


To restore the binaries without using dpkg, here's the "simple" approach, assuming your Raspberry Pi has binutils installed:

  • retrieve the dpkg package (the .deb file); it's probably still in /var/cache/apt/archives, otherwise you'll need to download it (from the pool; pick whichever version matches what you have installed)
  • extract the data.tar.gz file from the archive, somewhere safe: ar x dpkg_....deb data.tar.gz
  • extract dpkg-deb: tar xf data.tar.gz ./usr/bin/dpkg-deb
  • move dpkg-deb into place: sudo mv usr/bin/dpkg-deb /usr/bin

If you don't have binutils installed, you'll need to extract data.tar.gz on another computer (after installing binutils there if necessary).

  • Yes, i found it too. For everyone with the same problem (Raspberry PI 2, Raspbian Jessy), use the file: archive.raspbian.org/raspbian/pool/main/d/dpkg/…. I followed your instructions and it's working. THANKS! Dec 16, 2015 at 13:07
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    Be aware there are too many reports about corrupted and failed MicroSD cards. This time you managed to salvage your work. Keep several MicroSD cards at hand, and have always a recent backup. Dec 16, 2015 at 15:24

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