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Bug#46753: dpkg: i get an ARRAY error when trying to upgrade packages.

Package: dpkg
Severity: normal

the following is the error i get when i try to upgrade my packages using
apt-get upgrade.  it doesn't seem to be associated with any specific

Can't use string ("ARRAY(0x822e724)") as an ARRAY ref while "strict refs" in use at /usr/lib/perl5/Debian/DebConf/Element/Dialog/Select.pm line 46, <GEN0> chunk 5.
E: Sub-process dpkg-preconfig --apt returned an error code (29)
E: Failure running script dpkg-preconfig --apt

I cannot upgrade any packages on my system because of this bug.

-- System Information
Debian Release: potato
Kernel Version: Linux vertigo 2.2.7 #2 Thu Sep 23 16:19:01 CDT 1999 i586 unknown

Versions of the packages dpkg depends on:
ii  libc6           2.1.2-5        GNU C Library: Shared libraries and timezone
ii  libncurses4     4.2-3.2        Shared libraries for terminal handling
ii  libstdc++2.10   2.95.2-0pre2   The GNU stdc++ library

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