Comment 1 for bug 368435

Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Thanks for your bugreport.

I looked into this today and its unfortunately not easy. Dpkg send error messages localized over its status pipe, this means that apt gets the localized version of:
 "trying to overwrite `%.250s', which is also in package %.250s"
the values in %.250s are filed in by dpkg.

So a string search is difficult as each language will be slightly different and dgettext("dpkg","trying to overwrite `%.250s', which is also in package %.250s"). I attach a string matcher that should work, but
I think it would be best to look for a better fix for this in dpkg itself.