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Its a Delicate Process but Sometimes Necessary Apt Surgery on Debian GNU Linux

August 29th, 2008

Ran out of disk space in /var/... canceled dist-upgrade, resulting with:

Extracting templates from packages: 100%

Preconfiguring packages ...

dpkg: error processing base-files (--configure): package base-files is not ready for configuration cannot configure (current status `triggers-awaited')

Errors were encountered while processing: base-files

E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)


So what to do... looking in /var/lib/apt/status:

Package: base-files

Essential: yes

Status: install ok triggers-awaited

Priority: required

Section: admin

Installed-Size: 432

Maintainer: Santiago Vila 

Architecture: amd64

Version: 4.0.5

Replaces: base, miscutils

Provides: base

Depends: base-passwd (>=

Pre-Depends: awk

Conffiles: /etc/debian_version c3a1f14e3cfb4e2a815ff14692258219 /etc/host.conf 4eb63731c9f5e30903ac4fc07a7fe3d6 /etc/issue c5b47f7de972ac3f083cc6349bcb23db /etc/ ad006ab49199770f760dac332209cb27

Description: Debian base system miscellaneous files This package contains the basic filesystem hierarchy of a Debian system, and several important miscellaneous files, such as /etc/debian_version, /etc/host.conf, /etc/issue, /etc/motd, /etc/profile, /etc/nsswitch.conf, and others, and the text of several common licenses in use on Debian systems.

Triggers-Awaited: man-db

Going to re-install man-db:

dpkg -P man-db

apt-get install man-db

apt-get dist-upgrade

Yes! It worked! :-)


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