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Problems removing packages with --root flag to dpkg

I'm doing some development (experimenting) with debian, and when I try the

dpkg --root=/dos/linux --purge --force-remove-essential e2fsprogs

I get the following errors:

Removing e2fsprogs ...
dpkg (subprocess): unable to execute post-removal script: No such file or directory
dpkg: error processing e2fsprogs (--purge):
 subprocess post-removal script returned error exit status 2
dpkg (subprocess): unable to execute post-installation script: No such file or directory
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
 subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:

I can do a 'chroot /dos/linux /var/lib/dpkg/info/e2fsprogs.postrm' without any
problems, so I can only assume that there is something wrong with the chroot
environment created by dpkg when it tries to execute the script.

Any ideas what may be going on? Should I file this as a bug report against

Scott Barker
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