Perl upgrade dilemma.
I'm trying to upgrade a testing machine but the upgrade failed around
perl-base. Now any dpkg commands I try seem to fail because
How can I fix perl if I can't use dpkg?
Here is the output from aptitude around the first failure:
Preparing to replace perl 5.10.0-18 (using .../perl_5.10.0-19_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement perl ...
Preparing to replace perl-base 5.10.0-18 (using .../perl-base_5.10.0-19_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement perl-base ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
syntax error at -e line 1, near "3];"
syntax error at -e line 1, near "2];"
Missing right curly or square bracket at -e line 2, at end of line
Execution of -e aborted due to compilation errors.
Setting up perl-base (5.10.0-19) ...
It seems that the old /usr/bin/perl is still there so perhaps the
segfaults are because of library upgrades (libc6 was upgraded earlier in
I tried reverting libc6 (2.7-18 to 2.7-16). It seems odd that versions
that close would cause problems. Reverting didn't work because dpkg
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libc6_2.7-16_i386.deb (--install):
subprocess pre-installation script killed by signal (Segmentation fault)
Though libc6.preinst doesn't use perl. Either I'm misunderstanding or
the problem is more general.
Of course the above syntax errors (in man-db.postinst) don't really seem
to be errors. And another system (similar but with many more packages)
upgraded cleanly. So I'm at a loss why things would fail in the first