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E: Sub-process dpkg-preconfig --apt returned an error code (100)

Thanks for your help, i could deblock 2 machines, now i am stuck with the last
one, which is in really  bad shape.....

trying the following:
yoda:/var/cache/apt/archives# apt-get -f install
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
Correcting dependencies... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  bc binutils blas1 bsdutils bug console-data console-tools console-tools-libs
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  apt-find communicator-nethelp-46 communicator-spellchk-46 
9 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 3 to remove and 219 not upgraded.
57 packages not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 482kB/10.1MB of archives. After unpacking 1034kB will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] 
Get:1 ftp://tux.u-strasbg.fr potato/main apt 0.3.14 [482kB]
Fetched 482kB in 3s (126kB/s)
E: Sub-process dpkg-preconfig --apt returned an error code (100)
E: Failure running script dpkg-preconfig --apt

i tryed to remove all traces of apt to reinstall it, but somehwere i seem  to
have missed some..... BTW where else as in  /var/lib/dpkg/status does dpkg
store the installed packages? (i removed all directories of apt, all binaries,
set it in  /var/lib/dpkg/status to no installed.... but dpkg reported an
syntax error in  /var/lib/dpkg/status, despite i copyed the status from
another non installed package)

dpkg --configure -a has enourmous problems, since lots of packages are not
configured and make problems....

any hint on what i could try?

ciao bboett
http://inforezo.u-strasbg.fr/~bboett http://erm1.u-strasbg.fr/~bboett
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human population is growing....

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