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Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code

Hi !

I installed for some tests the cyrus-imap server.
Today I did:
apt-get --purge remove cyrus-imap
I saw that the cyrus user was not removed from /etc/passwd, so I did:
userdel cyrus

And now, I can't install packages anymore, I get the followinf error:
dpkg: syntax error: unknown user `cyrus' in statusoverride file 
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

Anyone has an idea how to resolve this problem without recreating the cyrus user
which I don't need...

Thanks in advance.

Antoine Jacoutot 
Debian GNU/Linux 
"Computers are like air conditioners: 
they stop working properly when you open Windows..." 

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