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Re: apt-get issues on potato

On Thu, Jul 11, 2002 at 08:10:37PM -0400, Adam wrote:
> This is my 3rd box to install Debian on and each one had their own
> particular issues.  This box is my oldest.  I think it is revision 1 of
> the b/w G3 if not that then it is rev 2.  It is a 350mz with 650mb of
> ram and 2 internal hard drives.
> I have installed most of potato I want to use on this install.  (This
> install is the 4th or 5th one each resulting in the same type of
> errors.)
> After selecting the packages I want to install.. I get this error
> apt-get install
> Reading Package Lists... Done
> Building Dependency Tree... Done
> 0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
> 50 packages not fully installed or removed.
> Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 0B will be used.
> dpkg: parse error, in file `/var/lib/dpkg/available' near line 73278
> package `plum':
>  user-defined field name `S' too short
> E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)
> no matter what combo or apt-get I use.. it is all the same resutls. 
> Before the error with 'plum' there were other errors with other
> packages.  I don't want to have to reinstall again.

Sounds like file corruption. For me, grep-available plum returns:


Package: plum
Priority: optional
Section: net
Installed-Size: 1032
Maintainer: GOTO Masanori <gotom@debian.or.jp>
Architecture: all
Version: 2.33.1-9
Depends: perl5 | perl
Filename: pool/main/p/plum/plum_2.33.1-9_all.deb
Size: 124894
MD5sum: 2dd274281f87d0118b796bb90a4bff95
Description: IRC proxy, stationing, logging, and bot program (pirc).
 plum works as personal proxy, stationing, logging, and bot program on
 IRC (Internet Relay Chat). It has many modules, so the user can use
 a lot of functions. It is also easy to customize its configurations.
 Note that its documents are only available in Japanese.

Package: python-bobo
Priority: optional
Section: web
Installed-Size: 248
Maintainer: Gregor Hoffleit <flight@debian.org>
Architecture: all
Version: 2.1.4-7
Depends: python (>= 2.1), python (<< 2.2)
Suggests: python-bobopos, python-bobodtml
Filename: pool/main/p/python-bobo/python-bobo_2.1.4-7_all.deb
Size: 46308
MD5sum: 8972358041375f40cd4f4ed63c373c05
Description: Python Object Publisher
 Publish Python objects on web servers.
 The Python object publisher provides a simple mechanism for publishing a
 collection of Python objects as World-Wide-Web (Web) resources without any
 plumbing (e.g. CGI) specific code.
Task: python-dev


What does it show you? Are all the keywords identical?

BTW, I think apt-get update should get you the latest available file. You
could also replace the one you have by deleting it, then apt-get update.

Has the machine crashed a lot? I was getting strange file corruption when 
I had a crashing bug; the fsck is not always 100%.

*------v--------- Installing Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 --------v------*
|      <http://www.debian.org/releases/woody/installmanual>      |
|   debian-imac (potato): <http://debian-imac.sourceforge.net>   |
|            Chris Tillman        tillman@voicetrak.com          |
|                   May the Source be with you                   |

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