dpkg problem reinstall or a system repair?

ragnarok1968

Well-Known Member
May Day, Linux system down! Lol...

Seriously though, I didn't do anything and out of the blue my dpkg now gives me great grief.

I've tried to do a thorough web search for fixing issues pertaining to dpkg but all I get is the "how to use dpkg" tutorials.

I bought from osdisc.com a usb installation media with persistence, 32GB for reinstallation/ or clean installation.

Can I use this USB drive to reinstall Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and I'd think that would "fix" the dpkg issue.

I'm throwing myself on the mercy of this court for a verdict! :blow:
 

ragnarok1968

Well-Known Member
oh wow... I don't have a screen shot but it is an error whereby dpkg says that it cannot change something in a particular package or just packages as a whole and won't make any changes.

is there a terminal command to test and receive feedback to assist you?
 

Neemobeer

Cyber Security Engineer
Staff member
If it's complaining about a package not completing configuration you can run sudo dpkg --configure -a or provide the actual error message.
 

ragnarok1968

Well-Known Member
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-image-generic:
linux-image-generic depends on linux-firmware; however:
Package linux-firmware is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package linux-image-generic (--configure):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-generic:
linux-generic depends on linux-image-generic (= 4.15.0.29.31); however:
Package linux-image-generic is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package linux-generic (--configure):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-signed-generic:
linux-signed-generic depends on linux-generic; however:
Package linux-generic is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package linux-signed-generic (--configure):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
linux-image-generic
linux-generic
linux-signed-generic
 

ragnarok1968

Well-Known Member
I started having other critical issues. I may have updated the dpkg package or system and it got jacked up.
I reinstalled fresh. Clean install but all my files are safe on my seagate 3TB external USB drive
 
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