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Re: problems with dselect/dpkg

On Tue, 23 Jun 1998, hrdluk wrote:

> Im having a problem with the installation of debian.  This is my first
> install of debian, though I have installed/used slackware for a little
> while.  I have gotten through everything with no problems untill I hit
> deselect.  I believe I managed to get many of the packages installed by
> running the install about four or five times to get rid of some of the
> conflicts, but then I hit a wall.  the error message reads as
> dpkg: parse error, in file `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0020' near line 1:
> newline in field name `#padding'
> checking the file I see it is made up of a bunch of #padding

I have heard of this once before, AFAIK it's a bit of a nasty dpkg bug -
it fills the file with #padding but is not prepared to parse it. 

You can erase that single file and you should be okay - there should be
only one file full of #padding.


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