1:54 - Friday, 25 April 2014

How Do I Fix Broken LibreOffice Packages

I have “broken packages” but when I attempt to fix them in Synaptic Package Manager, I get this error message:

dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting: files list file for package `libreoffice-calc' contains empty filenameE: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)A package failed to install.  Trying to recover:dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of libreoffice-writer: libreoffice-writer depends on libreoffice-core (= 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu4); however:  Version of libreoffice-core on system is 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu3. libreoffice-writer depends on libreoffice-base-core (= 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu4); however:  Version of libreoffice-base-core on system is 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu3.dpkg: error processing libreoffice-writer (--configure): dependency problems - leaving unconfigureddpkg: error processing libreoffice-base-core (--configure): Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should reinstall it before attempting configuration.dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of libreoffice-calc: libreoffice-calc depends on libreoffice-core (= 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu4); however:  Version of libreoffice-core on system is 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu3. libreoffice-calc depends on libreoffice-base-core (= 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu4); however:  Version of libreoffice-base-core on system is 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu3.dpkg: error processing libreoffice-calc (--configure): dependency problems - leaving unconfiguredErrors were encountered while processing: libreoffice-writer libreoffice-base-core libreoffice-calc

The sudo apt-get install -f command gives me this:

Reading package lists... DoneBuilding dependency tree       Reading state information... DoneCorrecting dependencies... DoneThe following extra packages will be installed:  libreoffice-base-core libreoffice-core libreoffice-draw libreoffice-gnome  libreoffice-gtk libreoffice-impress libreoffice-math python-unoSuggested packages:  libreoffice-base libreoffice-evolutionThe following packages will be upgraded:  libreoffice-base-core libreoffice-core libreoffice-draw libreoffice-gnome  libreoffice-gtk libreoffice-impress libreoffice-math python-uno8 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 196 not upgraded.3 not fully installed or removed.Need to get 0 B/36.8 MB of archives.After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.Do you want to continue [Y/n]? ydpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting: files list file for package `libreoffice-calc' contains empty filenameE: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

Using sudo apt-get purge libreoffice* followed by sudo apt-get install libreoffice give me:

Reading package lists... DoneBuilding dependency tree       Reading state information... DoneYou might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:The following packages have unmet dependencies: libreoffice : Depends: libreoffice-core (= 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu4) but 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu3 is to be installed               Depends: libreoffice-base but it is not going to be installed               Depends: ttf-dejavu but it is not going to be installed               Depends: libreoffice-java-common (>= 1:3.6.2~rc2~) but it is not going to be installed libreoffice-calc : Depends: libreoffice-core (= 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu4) but 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu3 is to be installed                    Depends: libreoffice-base-core (= 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu4) but 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu3 is to be installed libreoffice-writer : Depends: libreoffice-core (= 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu4) but 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu3 is to be installed                      Depends: libreoffice-base-core (= 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu4) but 1:3.6.2~rc2-0ubuntu3 is to be installedE: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

I have NO IDEA what to do.

Try doing sudo apt-get purge libreoffice*

Then do sudo apt-get install libreoffice


If it finds dependence problems:

Type

sudo apt-get purge libreoffice*

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install libreoffice

I found this when I got a fatal error from dpkg with the same symptom – empty list file. . .
http://serverfault.com/questions/430682/dpkg-warning-files-list-file-for-package-x-missing

I also rm’ed the list file from var/lib.

rm /var/lib/dpkg/info/my_missing_package.list.

then reinstalled

wajig reinstall synaptic

I like wajig – takes away the effort of remembering less often used calls to dkpg and apt

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