package install error - subprocess post-removal script returned error exit status 2

Bug #378545 reported by dlebauer on 2009-05-20
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: aptitude

jaunty

I expect to install updates and new packages using aptitude or apt-get, but this does not happen - I get an error.

ooolatex is broken. dpkg-reconfigure, remove, install do not work, even with -f to force

also, my picasa, google desktop, and virtualbox seem to have disappeared.

here is the code when I try to install virtualbox:

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user@home:/etc/apt$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-2.2
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  ooolatex
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  virtualbox-2.2
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 1 to remove and 28 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0B/38.7MB of archives.
After this operation, 77.2MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 304595 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing ooolatex ...
sed: can't read /usr/lib/openoffice/presets/basic/script.xlc: No such file or directory
dpkg: error processing ooolatex (--remove):
 subprocess post-removal script returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:
 ooolatex
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

=============ALSO===========

op:/etc/apt$ sudo apt-get -f remove ooolatex
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  ooolatex
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 28 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 184kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
(Reading database ... 304595 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing ooolatex ...
sed: can't read /usr/lib/openoffice/presets/basic/script.xlc: No such file or directory
dpkg: error processing ooolatex (--remove):
 subprocess post-removal script returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:
 ooolatex
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

dlebauer (dlebauer) on 2009-05-20
description: updated
dlebauer (dlebauer) wrote :

I fixed the problem by removing ooolatex.list and all ooolatex.* from /var/lib/dpkg/info/

/var/lib/dpkg/info$ sudo rm ooolatex.*

I am not sure why this worked but I am happy now

Daniel Hartwig (wigs) wrote :

Bug in the ooolatex post/prerm script, can not find such a package in ubuntu.

Changed in aptitude (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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