Bug#48844: unhelpful error message from 'dpkg-preconfig --apt' run by dselect
A recent dselect session gave me the following error. There are two problems:
1) there is, of course, some problem that causes the error message.
2) the error message itself represents another bug: it is not descriptive
enough to let me know which Debian package has the problem. I'm
filing this as a bug in dselect because that's where the error
appeared for me, and no other place to report it seems logical.
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Configuring packages ...
/tmp/fileM4C827: /usr/share/debconf/confmodule: No such file or directory
E: Sub-process dpkg-preconfig --apt returned an error code (1)
E: Failure running script dpkg-preconfig --apt
Some errors occurred while unpacking. I'm going to configure the
packages that were installed. This may result in duplicate errors
or errors caused by missing dependencies. This is OK, only the errors
above this message are important. Please fix them and run [I]nstall again
Press enter to continue.
-- System Information
Debian Release: potato
Kernel: Linux aleph 2.2.12 #1 Tue Oct 26 20:07:22 EDT 1999 i586
Versions of packages dpkg depends on:
ii libc6 2.1.2-7 GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii libncurses4 4.2-3.4 Shared libraries for terminal hand
ii libstdc++2.10 1:2.95.2-1 The GNU stdc++ library