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sed fails to upgrade on debian sid; file date of 1969?

I'm having trouble upgrading my Debian Sid laptop after attempting dselect install. Dselect quits with this error:

Preparing to replace sed 4.1.5-1 (using .../archives/sed_4.1.5-2_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement sed ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/sed_4.1.5-2_i386.deb (--unpack): unable to make backup link of `./usr/share/locale/ca/LC_MESSAGES/sed.mo' before installing new version: Operation not permitted
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
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.

I did not have this problem with my home box; Debian Sid as well.

Also, the file sed.mo has a date of 1969. ls -alt sed.mo reveals:

thinkpad:/usr/share/locale/ca/LC_MESSAGES# ls -alt sed.mo
c---rwxrwx 5389 2484475149 353247318 247, 62 Dec 31  1969 sed.mo

Googling for help, does not.

Any ideas? I am not even allowed to move or delete the file via the shell.

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