Comment 25 for bug 429841

I had a batch of problems after upgrading to 9.10, one of which was this 'flashplugin-nonfree' nightmare.
The first two commands worked very slick.
"rm /var/lib/dpkg/info/flashplugin-nonfree.prerm"
resulted in new command line
"dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq flashplugin-nonfree"
complained about "very bad inconsistent state" but did it "because --force enabled"
"dpkg --purge --force-remove-reinstreq flashplugin-nonfree"
gave me a warning:
"dpkg: warning: while removing flashplugin-nonfree, directory '/var/cache/flashplugin-nonfree' not empty so not removed."
at the resulting command line I did
"ls /var/cache/flashplugin-nonfree"
which showed one file:
install_flash_player_9.tar.gz

I expect that removing this manually (and perhaps reissuing the "dpkg --purge") will complete the process started with the third command, but as I have spent a great deal of time on this problem I will wait for confirmation of that.

Thank you for your time and consideration.