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Broken package can't be configured, can't be uninstalled

I have some packages that did not install correctly.  One in particular is
giving me fits.  It can't be upgraded.  It can't be removed.  It can't be
reinstalled.  It can't be reconfigured.  The error message states that it is
in an inconsistent state and needs to be reinstalled before it is removed.
But Debian has removed that version from the repository and I can't find it
to download, even for a manual install.  

I need to either remove it by hand or install the new version (by hand if
necessary), or something else, if the collective mind of the list knows a
better solution.  How do I locate the correct version?  Until this is
resolved, I can't update my system.  


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