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I was upgrading my debian and after a while the package UDEV and DIRMNGR started to give me errors.

I tried to download deb separately and try to fix the error but it doesnt seem to be a simple one. Is it possible to install these two package manually or fix the problem around dpkg?

UDEV is returning:

dpkg: error processing archive /tmp/apt-dpkg-install-jTaHJP/0-udev_232-8_amd64.deb (--unpack): subprocess new pre-installation script returned error exit status 1

and

DIRMNGR is returning:

dpkg-maintscript-helper: error: dpkg: error: version '' has bad syntax: version string is empty

http://pastebin.com/XvAZ38UF

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The problem with dirmngr has been reported as #848413 against dirmngr, which resulted in #848422 against dpkg where the bug actually is.

To fix things, you can downgrade dpkg to the version in testing; if you have the appropriate entries in your repositories:

apt-get install dpkg/testing

should do the trick.

The udev installation error is caused by missing features in the kernel you're running. The easiest way to fix that is to use an up-to-date Debian kernel — the safest option there is to install linux-image-4.8.0-2-amd64-unsigned currently (assuming you're on amd64), or linux-image-amd64 if you've got a SecureBoot-enabled system. In your specific case, since you're running an OVH kernel, you need to find an up-to-date OVH kernel...

  • thanks, what about udev? what is the solution for that? – max246 Dec 17 '16 at 22:03
  • Oh yes, sorry — what kernel are you running? – Stephen Kitt Dec 17 '16 at 22:06
  • 3.2.13-grsec-xxxx-grs-ipv6-64 – max246 Dec 17 '16 at 22:08
  • Ah, I take it that's an OVH system! You need an updated kernel then. – Stephen Kitt Dec 17 '16 at 22:10
  • you are right :) it is an OVH system. I need to check how they provide the kernel then. So far I just put the UDEV package in hold. thanks for the rest! – max246 Dec 17 '16 at 22:11

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