Re: Unable to properly install 2 packages
From: Marty (martyb_at_ix.netcom.com)
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 22:01:46 -0400 To: Debian-User <email@example.com>
> On Tue, 2005-31-05 at 21:24 -0400, Marty wrote:
>> J.F.Gratton wrote:
>> [snip snip]
>> > Setting up guile-1.6 (1.6.7-1) ...
>> > dpkg (subprocess): unable to execute post-installation script: Exec
>> > format error
>> > dpkg: error processing guile-1.6 (--configure):
>> > subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 2
>> That script would be /var/lib/dpkg/info/guile-1.6.postinst
> OK, here's a start. 'cept that the file looks some kind of informational
> file used by apt/dpkg, *not* a script file or anything
Oh my. That's bad!
(at the bottom of
> this message you'll have the contents of the file.
Well, I don't see it down there, but here ar the contents of my version:
if [ "$1" != "upgrade" ] ; then
--install /usr/bin/guile guile /usr/bin/guile-1.6 160 \
--slave /usr/bin/guile-config guile-config /usr/bin/guile-1.6-config \
--slave /usr/bin/guile-snarf guile-snarf /usr/bin/guile-1.6-snarf \
--slave /usr/bin/guile-tools guile-tools /usr/bin/guile-1.6-tools
# Automatically added by dh_installmenu
if [ "$1" = "configure" ] && [ -x /usr/bin/update-menus ]; then update-menus ; fi
# End automatically added section
Looks like something got clobbered in your installation attempt.
>> If it exists and is uncorrupted, then you can try to debug it manually,
>> or else just try purging the package and starting over again.
> As the file does not contain any commands, I don't see anything to
> My question remains, then:
>> > How do I get out of the "Exec format error" ?
>> > On a related topic : is there a way to make apt "forget" a package,
>> > and/or completely purge it from the disk, its installed packages list,
>> > etc ? Just so I'd be able to reinstall it or a newer version sometime
>> > later ?
>> dpkg -P <pkg-name>
> OK, OK, my question was poorly phrased :). I've been using Deb for
> now... 4-5 years, so hopefully I know about dpkg :) What I meant to ask
> is how do I completely dump a package (manually remove all traces of it)
> when apt-get remove and dpkg -P fail ? My problem with guile is not only
> when I try to install it, but also when I try to remove/purge the
The only thing that comes to mind is dlocate or cruft. Maybe others have
You see, I had a power failure when dist-upgrading my system.
Yep. That could easily explain it. :-)
> Thanks again,
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