problem updating to ubuntu 9.04

Bug #367106 reported by Kevin Baxtor on 2009-04-26
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update-manager (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

kevin@kevin-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install -f
[sudo] password for kevin:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Correcting dependencies...Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  linux-headers-2.6.27-7 linux-headers-2.6.27-7-generic localechooser-data
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
  g++-4.3 gcc-4.3 libgcc1 libstdc++6 libstdc++6-4.3-dev
Suggested packages:
  g++-4.3-multilib gcc-4.3-doc libstdc++6-4.3-dbg gcc-4.3-multilib
  libmudflap0-4.3-dev gcc-4.3-locales libgcc1-dbg libgomp1-dbg libmudflap0-dbg
  libstdc++6-4.3-doc
The following packages will be upgraded:
  g++-4.3 gcc-4.3 libgcc1 libstdc++6 libstdc++6-4.3-dev
5 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1480 not upgraded.
8 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0B/8822kB of archives.
After this operation, 36.9kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
dpkg: parse error, in file `/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 33917 package `im-switch':
 field name `Maint' must be followed by colon
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

ProblemType: Package
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.10
ErrorMessage: ErrorMessage: SystemError in cache.commit(): installArchives() failed

Package: update-manager 1:0.93.34
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: update-manager
Title: package update-manager 1:0.93.34 failed to install/upgrade: ErrorMessage: SystemError in cache.commit(): installArchives() failed
Uname: Linux 2.6.27-11-generic i686

Kevin Baxtor (dynamisonline) wrote :
Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

The same error is in the logs:

dpkg: parse error, in file `/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 33917 package `im-switch':
 field name `Maint' must be followed by colon

Please attach the file /var/lib/dpkg/status to this bugreport and then run a filesystem and memory test on the machine.

Kevin Baxtor (dynamisonline) wrote :

Hello,

I've done the file system check, no problems were reported;

I'm not sure how to run a memory test through the terminal, though my sysinfo tells me that I have 692 MiB of which 380 is being used.

I have attached the file, thanks.

ti, 2009-04-28 kello 18:51 +0000, Kevin Baxtor kirjoitti:
> I'm not sure how to run a memory test through the terminal, though my
> sysinfo tells me that I have 692 MiB of which 380 is being used.

To run a memory test, reboot and press ESC at the GRUB countdown (after
BIOS checks, before kernel is loaded), and select memtest from the menu.

Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Hi,

the file contains a line like this:

Maint ^@ner: Ubuntu Core Developers <email address hidden>

this indicates filesystem or memory corruption.

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Kevin Baxtor (dynamisonline) wrote :

Hi,

I've done a memory test and, from what I can understand, it appears there are 8 problems listed.

Does anyone have any advice for solving this problem?

Thanks.

Kevin Baxtor (dynamisonline) wrote :

Can I make the changes to the 'status' file that I'm told has aproblem with a missing colon?

Jean-Baptiste Lallement (jibel) wrote :

We are closing this report because it was due to a memory corruption and not an issue with Ubuntu. Regarding your last question, you will find backups of the status file in /var/backups/

Don't hesitate to submit any new bug.

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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