I am trying to install NodeJS LTS version, actually 14.16.0, and I am getting an error processing archive like this one:

Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y (Reading database ... 415599 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack .../nodejs_14.16.0-deb-1nodesource1_amd64.deb ... Unpacking nodejs (14.16.0-deb-1nodesource1) over (12.21.0~dfsg-1) ... dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/nodejs_14.16.0-deb-1nodesource1_amd64.deb (--unpack): trying to overwrite '/usr/share/doc/nodejs/api/packages.html', which is also in package nodejs-doc 12.21.0~dfsg-1 dpkg-deb: error: paste subprocess was killed by signal (Broken pipe) Errors were encountered while processing: /var/cache/apt/archives/nodejs_14.16.0-deb-1nodesource1_amd64.deb E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Anyone can help me with this?

1 Answer 1


I already solve going to /var/cache/apt/archives apt archives and forcing to overwrite the nodejs package.

cd /var/cache/apt/archives

and then:

dpkg -i --force-overwrite 'nodejspackage.db'
  • Thanks bro, this is work!!!!
    – Vesper
    May 20, 2022 at 20:55
  • @vasper Great, don't forget to accept my answer :D Jul 5, 2022 at 22:52

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