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apt-get dpkg-preconfigure problems

Whenever trying to apt-get install any packages, I now get:

E: Sub-process /usr/sbin/dpkg-preconfigure --apt exited unexpectedly
E: Failure running script /usr/sbin/dpkg-preconfigure --apt

This happened when I was installing the lynx package.  Any help 
much appreciated, using frozen recent within the last hour.

The dpkg-preconfigure manpage says that the default priority
can be permanently changed by:

               dpkg-reconfigure --priority=medium debconf

I type that at the command line and get:

newport:/home/mark# dpkg-reconfigure --priority=medium debconf
Illegal instruction

Hopefully someday dpkg-reconfigure will get a little more verbose...


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