Unable to add or remove? software

Bug #332757 reported by Chris O'Neill on 2009-02-22

This bug report was converted into a question: question #61893: Unable to add or remove software.

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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-utils (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-utils

I am unable to add or remove any software. I think this problem may have originated when I ran out of space on my hard drive during the installation of software. Then again, I would think the system would not me to install something without sufficient room. I think the error message I am seeing now is a little different than when I first started. I tried to change a file or directory or so using Terminal, which has yielded the error message below. The base problem, however, of not being able to add any software has remained constant despite my efforts.

Anyway, I have gone over everything I could find on the web to help me fix this, but I am going in circles.

I am an new Ubuntu user and am totally impressed. Every other issue I have run into has been fixed
with the help of forums, etc.

chris@Compaq2580US:~$ sudo get-apt clear
[sudo] password for chris:
sudo: get-apt: command not found
chris@Compaq2580US:~$ sudo get-apt update
sudo: get-apt: command not found
chris@Compaq2580US:~$ sudo apt-get update
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security Release.gpg
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/main Translation-en_US
Hit http://archive.canonical.com intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://archive.canonical.com intrepid/partner Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid Release.gpg
Hit http://archive.canonical.com intrepid Release
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security Release
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid Release
Hit http://archive.canonical.com intrepid/partner Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates Release
Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/free Translation-en_US
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/main Packages
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/restricted Packages
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/main Sources
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/restricted Sources
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/non-free Translation-en_US
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/universe Sources
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/multiverse Packages
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/multiverse Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/restricted Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/multiverse Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/restricted Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/multiverse Sources
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid Release
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/free Packages
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/non-free Packages
Reading package lists... Done
chris@Compaq2580US:~$ sudo get-apt upgrade
sudo: get-apt: command not found
chris@Compaq2580US:~$ sudo apt-get upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be upgraded:
  cups cups-bsd cups-client cups-common foomatic-filters libcups2
  libcupsimage2 libqt4-assistant libqt4-dbus libqt4-designer libqt4-help
  libqt4-network libqt4-opengl libqt4-qt3support libqt4-script libqt4-sql
  libqt4-sql-mysql libqt4-svg libqt4-test libqt4-webkit libqt4-xml
  libqt4-xmlpatterns libqtcore4 libqtgui4 qt4-qtconfig
25 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
269 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 19.6MB of archives.
After this operation, 4096B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-xmlpatterns 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [758kB]
Get:2 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-sql-mysql 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [33.7kB]
Get:3 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main qt4-qtconfig 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [109kB]
Get:4 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-qt3support 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [1366kB]
Get:5 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-help 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [213kB]
Get:6 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-sql 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [109kB]
Get:7 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-designer 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [2073kB]
Get:8 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-script 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [420kB]
Get:9 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-dbus 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [216kB]
Get:10 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-xml 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [112kB]
Get:11 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-opengl 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [161kB]
Get:12 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-webkit 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [3240kB]
Get:13 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-svg 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [158kB]
Get:14 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqtgui4 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [4286kB]
Get:15 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-assistant 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [19.2kB]
Get:16 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-network 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [437kB]
Get:17 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqt4-test 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [37.1kB]
Get:18 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libqtcore4 4.4.3-0ubuntu1.2 [2085kB]
Get:19 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main foomatic-filters 4.0.0-0ubuntu3 [135kB]
Get:20 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libcups2 1.3.9-2ubuntu7 [170kB]
Get:21 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main libcupsimage2 1.3.9-2ubuntu7 [51.7kB]
Get:22 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main cups-common 1.3.9-2ubuntu7 [1162kB]
Get:23 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main cups 1.3.9-2ubuntu7 [2139kB]
Get:24 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main cups-bsd 1.3.9-2ubuntu7 [36.2kB]
Get:25 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main cups-client 1.3.9-2ubuntu7 [115kB]
Fetched 19.6MB in 1min26s (226kB/s)
Preconfiguring packages ...
dpkg: failed in buffer_read(fd): copy info file `/var/lib/dpkg/available': Is a directory
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

chris@Compaq2580US:~$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 8.10
Release: 8.10

chris@Compaq2580US:~$ apt-cache policy packagename
W: Unable to locate package packagename
chris@Compaq2580US:~$

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.10
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/gnome-system-log
Package: gnome-utils 2.24.1-0ubuntu1
ProcEnviron:
 PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: gnome-utils
Uname: Linux 2.6.27-11-generic i686

Revision history for this message
Chris O'Neill (gonzocat) wrote :
Revision history for this message
William Grant (wgrant) wrote :

You seem to have an impressively broken dpkg database. This isn't a bug, but somebody over in Answers might be able to help you.

Changed in gnome-utils:
status: New → Invalid
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