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dpkg broken? (fwd)

I have heard of this serveral times in different contexts, some claim only
a single file will not install, this guy says alot of them. Could someone
perhaps investigate?


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Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 18:46:33 +0000
From: Stefan Baums <sb51@soas.ac.uk>
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: dpkg broken?
Resent-Date: 22 Jan 1999 18:44:55 -0000
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Hi all.

OK, so yesterday, in the process of updating my system to the newest
slink, I broke dpkg. I cannot install packages anymore. The error
messages are as follows:

Preparing to replace modconf 0.2.23 (using modconf_0.2.24.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement modconf ...

gzip: stdout: Broken pipe
dpkg-deb: subprocess gzip -dc returned error exit status 1
dpkg: error processing modconf_0.2.24.deb (--unpack):
 subprocess dpkg-deb --fsys-tarfile returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process returned an error code
Exit 100

Actually, the problem might be not dpkg as such: to remedy the situation,
I grabbed dpkg and gzip from stable and manually (ar -x ; tar xvzf ; cp -R)
installed them, but that has not changed the situation. Some other
package must have broken dpkg.

Any ideas?

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