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Re: [gNewSense-users] I think my update manager has crashed - SOS

From: Kevin Dean
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] I think my update manager has crashed - SOS
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 12:52:02 -0400

It appears that you've got a package installed that has an illegal
character in it's name. If this is pure gNewSense system, then you've
discovered a bug in one of our packages.

If this is NOT a pure gNewSense system, you've discovered a bug in
someone ELSES package.

Using gedit or your text editor of choice, open the file
"/var/lib/dpkg/status" and go to line 24129. This line is in a chunk
of text that corresponds to a package, please post that chunk (but NOT
THE WHOLE FILE) back to this mailing list so we can see exactly why
package has the error in it.

-Kevin Dean

On 7/25/07, andrei raevsky <address@hidden> wrote:

For a while already the update manager's icon, when pressed, used to load
synaptic rather than the update manager.  I then manually closed synaptic
and launched the update manager and the system was updated.  Now this
morning when I got the "updates available icon" I clicked on it, synaptic
was lauched, I closed it, then I manually lauched the update manager and I
clicked 'install updates'.  It downladed them, installed them, and announced
that the very same 8 packages were still updatable.  I repeated the
operation 2 more times.  Then I tried this:

address@hidden:~$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Get:1 deltad Release.gpg [191B]
Hit deltad Release
 Get:2 deltad-security
Release.gpg [191B]
 Ign deltad/main Packages
 Hit deltad-security
Ign deltad/universe Packages
Ign deltad/main Sources
Ign deltad/universe Sources
Hit deltad/main Packages
 Ign deltad-security/main
 Hit deltad/universe Packages
Hit deltad/main Sources
deltad-security/universe Packages
Ign deltad-security/main
Hit deltad/universe Sources
deltad-security/universe Sources
Hit deltad-security/main
deltad-security/universe Packages
Hit deltad-security/main
deltad-security/universe Sources
 Fetched 2B in 1s (2B/s)
Reading package lists... Done
 Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
 The following packages will be upgraded:
  bind9-host dnsutils libbind9-0 libdns21 libisc11 libisccc0 libisccfg1
8 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/1329kB of archives.
 After unpacking 4096B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
 dpkg: parse error, in file `/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 24129:
  invalid package name (character ` ' not allowed - only letters, digits and
-+._ allowed)
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

Any ideas as to what is going on here?  WTF is this weird dpkg parse error?!

How do I fix my computer to get the updates and synaptic/update manager
running again?

Many thanks,


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