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(Reading database ... 59424 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace xbase-clients 4.1.0-16 (using .../xbase-clients_4.1.0-17_i386.deb) ...
ERROR: /etc/X11/xkb/xkbcomp exists and is not a symbolic link. This package cannot be installed until this file is removed.
Aborting installation of xbase-clients package.
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/xbase-clients_4.1.0-17_i386.deb (--unpack):
subprocess pre-installation script returned error exit status 1

Analyzing /etc/X11/xkb/compiled:
drwxr-xr-x   86 root     root        16384 Aug 13 22:20 /etc
drwxr-xr-x   19 root     root         4096 Aug 13 22:20 /etc/X11
drwxr-xr-x   10 root     root         4096 Aug 13 22:20 /etc/X11/xkb
/etc/X11/xkb/compiled: nonexistent
ERROR: /etc/X11/xkb/compiled symbolic link does not exist. Either the package didn't ship the symbolic link (a bug in the package), or dpkg failed to unpack it to the filesystem (a bug in dpkg). Please report the package name, version, and the text of the above error message(s) to <debian-x@lists.debian.org>.
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
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.
Setting up xbase-clients (4.1.0-16) ...

Nate Carstens                 nate_carstens@yahoo.com
143 Albany St., Apt. 023A     (617) 225-8189
Cambridge, MA 02139

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