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Re: [vox-tech] installation broken packages



Carl Boettiger wrote:
Hi,

I have some broken packages which apt-get (also aptitude, synaptic, adept_manager, dpkg) refuse to fix. Any idea what's wrong?

apt-get -f install decides xine-ui is no fully installed. dpkg identifes the package as being in a bad state:

cboettig@wiglaf:~$ sudo dpkg -r xine-ui
dpkg: error processing xine-ui (--remove):
Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
reinstall it before attempting a removal.
Errors were encountered while processing:
xine-ui


However, any attempt to remove, reinstall, or reconfigure xine-ui with dpkg or any apt program fails. The error I keep getting is
cboettig@wiglaf:~$ dpkg-reconfigure xine-ui
Unrecognized character \xDE at /usr/share/perl/5.8/strict.pm line 1.
Looks like at least this file is corrupted.  If only a few files
are corrupted you might be able to extract this file from the deb
file or the deb source and manually replace this file, and repeat until
the process starts working.

Or, you can start backing up while the system still works and then
run hardware diagnostics to insure your hard disk is functioning
and then re-install.

Or, someone else may suggest something between these extremes...

Compilation failed in require at /usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure line 8.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure line 8.

Googling unrecognized character \xDE gives me nothing. (libperl5.8 is installed). I'm guessing something with my perl is messed up, but that's just a wild guess.

Other packages are also not fully installed: the full output of apt-get -f install is:

cboettig@wiglaf:~$ sudo apt-get -f install
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
cvs recode
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
9 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0B/1551kB of archives.
After unpacking 0B of additional disk space will be used.
debconf: Perl may be unconfigured (Unrecognized character \xDE at /usr/share/perl/5.8/strict.pm line 1.
Compilation failed in require at (eval 1) line 2.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at (eval 1) line 2.
) -- aborting
Selecting previously deselected package xine-ui.
(Reading database ... 194787 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace xine-ui 0.99.5-2build1 (using .../xine-ui_0.99.5-2build1_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement xine-ui ...
Unrecognized character \xDE at /usr/share/perl/5.8/strict.pm line 1.
Compilation failed in require at /usr/lib/perl/5.8/File/Glob.pm line 3.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/lib/perl/5.8/File/Glob.pm line 3.
Compilation failed in require at /usr/sbin/update-mime line 54.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/sbin/update-mime line 54.
dpkg: warning - old post-removal script returned error exit status 9
dpkg - trying script from the new package instead ...
Unrecognized character \xDE at /usr/share/perl/5.8/strict.pm line 1.
Compilation failed in require at /usr/lib/perl/5.8/File/Glob.pm line 3.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/lib/perl/5.8/File/Glob.pm line 3.
Compilation failed in require at /usr/sbin/update-mime line 54.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/sbin/update-mime line 54.
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/xine-ui_0.99.5-2build1_i386.deb (--unpack):
subprocess new post-removal script returned error exit status 9
Unrecognized character \xDE at /usr/share/perl/5.8/strict.pm line 1.
Compilation failed in require at /usr/lib/perl/5.8/File/Glob.pm line 3.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/lib/perl/5.8/File/Glob.pm line 3.
Compilation failed in require at /usr/sbin/update-mime line 54.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/sbin/update-mime line 54.
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
subprocess post-removal script returned error exit status 9
Errors were encountered while processing:
/var/cache/apt/archives/xine-ui_0.99.5-2build1_i386.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)


Help would be very much appreciated, I'm at a loss in what to do.

Carl
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