package avahi-daemon 0.6.31-4ubuntu3 failed to install/upgrade: subprocess new pre-removal script returned error exit status 1

Bug #1393729 reported by David Pires on 2014-11-18
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This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
avahi (Ubuntu)
High
Unassigned

Bug Description

Updating a Vivid Vervet system (on Virtual Box v. 4.3.18) by running sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade at TTY1.

Several packages where successfully upgraded.

The only error I got was with avahi-daemon getting the following:

Preparing to unpack .../avahi-daemon_0.6.31-4ubuntu4_i386.deb ...
Job for avahi-daemon.service canceled.
invoke-rc.d: initscript avahi-daemon, action "stop" failed.
dpkg: warning: subprocess old pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
dpkg: trying script from the new package instead ...
Job for avahi-daemon.service canceled.
invoke-rc.d: initscript avahi-daemon, action "stop" failed.
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/avahi-daemon_0.6.31-4ubuntu4_i386.deb (--unpack):
 subprocess new pre-removal script returned error exit status 1

ProblemType: Package
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.04
Package: avahi-daemon 0.6.31-4ubuntu4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.16.0-24.32-generic 3.16.4
Uname: Linux 3.16.0-24-generic i686
ApportVersion: 2.14.7-0ubuntu10
Architecture: i386
Date: Tue Nov 18 09:27:13 2014
DuplicateSignature: package:avahi-daemon:0.6.31-4ubuntu3:subprocess new pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
ErrorMessage: subprocess new pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-07-15 (125 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" - Alpha i386 (20140506)
SourcePackage: avahi
Title: package avahi-daemon 0.6.31-4ubuntu3 failed to install/upgrade: subprocess new pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

David Pires (slickymaster) wrote :
tags: removed: need-duplicate-check
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in avahi (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in avahi (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Rowan Wookey (rwky) wrote :

The same thing happens with 0.6.32~rc+dfsg-1ubuntu2.1

As a work around running `systemctl disable avahi-daemon.service` before the upgrade then `systemctl enable avahi-daemon.service` after the upgrade resolves the problem.

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