[plug] Failed Debian system upgrade

Patrick Coleman blinken at gmail.com
Sat Feb 24 09:13:29 WST 2007

On 2/24/07, Bret Busby <bret at busby.net> wrote:
> Hello again, everyone.
> I previously encountered some problems in trying to upgrade our
> mailserver after a power blackout corrupted it.
> I posted a query to the list about it, and, amongst the responses that
> I got, was a suggestion to try apt-get dist-upgrade.
> So, I have just done an apt-get update, and tried to do an apt-get dist
> upgrade.
> The result is below.
> How do I overcome this issue of the dpkg parse error, relating to the
> brushed metal thing, so that I can upgrade the system and (try to) get
> it working properly again?

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?t=225508 seems
to recommend running:

dpkg --clear-avail
apt-get update

/var/lib/spkg/available seems to just contain a database of all the
available packages, so I imagine dpkg --clear-avail is just a fancy
way to delete the file, which is then recreated when you run apt-get
update to refresh the package lists.


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