Cannot install or remove software using synaptic or Ubuntu software center.

Asked by Alfredo Hidalgo on 2012-02-29

Various members have tried to help. Basically when I try to either remove software using synaptic or Ubuntu software center I get error messages and the process fails to complete. I try to do updates and that also fails. I tried to remove Virtualbox and received error messages. Examples of error and output message below.

Error message:
E: /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.0.0-14-generic-pae_3.0.0-14.23_i386.deb: subprocess new post-removal script returned error exit status 1
E: /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic-pae_3.0.0-15.26_i386.deb: subprocess new post-removal script returned error exit status 1

Output:

(Reading database ... 402421 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace linux-image-3.0.0-14-generic-pae 3.0.0-14.23 (using .../linux-image-3.0.0-14-generic-pae_3.0.0-14.23_i386.deb) ...
Done.
Unpacking replacement linux-image-3.0.0-14-generic-pae ...
Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d .
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/initramfs-tools 3.0.0-14-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux 3.0.0-14-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae
P: Checking for EXTLINUX directory... found.
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae.dpkg-tmp...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae...
P: Updating /boot/extlinux/linux.cfg...
File descriptor 60 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/postlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9372: /bin/sh
File descriptor 62 (pipe:[66616]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9372: /bin/sh
File descriptor 63 (socket:[65719]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9372: /bin/sh
File descriptor 66 (/var/log/apt/history.log) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9372: /bin/sh
  No volume groups found
P: Writing config for Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2...
P: Installing debian theme...cp: cannot stat `/usr/share/syslinux/themes/debian-squeeze/extlinux/memtest.bin': No such file or directory
run-parts: /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux exited with return code 1
Failed to process /etc/kernel/postrm.d at /var/lib/dpkg/info/linux-image-3.0.0-14-generic-pae.postrm line 328.
dpkg: warning: subprocess old post-removal script returned error exit status 1
dpkg - trying script from the new package instead ...
Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d .
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/initramfs-tools 3.0.0-14-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux 3.0.0-14-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae
P: Checking for EXTLINUX directory... found.
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae.dpkg-tmp...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae...
File descriptor 60 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/postlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9884: /bin/sh
File descriptor 62 (pipe:[66616]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9884: /bin/sh
File descriptor 63 (socket:[65719]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9884: /bin/sh
File descriptor 66 (/var/log/apt/history.log) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9884: /bin/sh
  No volume groups found
P: Writing config for Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2...
P: Installing debian theme...cp: cannot stat `/usr/share/syslinux/themes/debian-squeeze/extlinux/memtest.bin': No such file or directory
run-parts: /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux exited with return code 1
Failed to process /etc/kernel/postrm.d at /var/lib/dpkg/tmp.ci/postrm line 328.
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.0.0-14-generic-pae_3.0.0-14.23_i386.deb (--unpack):
 subprocess new post-removal script returned error exit status 1
No apport report written because MaxReports is reached already
                                                              Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d .
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/initramfs-tools 3.0.0-14-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux 3.0.0-14-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae
P: Checking for EXTLINUX directory... found.
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae...
P: Updating /boot/extlinux/linux.cfg...
File descriptor 60 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/postlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 10394: /bin/sh
File descriptor 62 (pipe:[66616]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 10394: /bin/sh
File descriptor 63 (socket:[65719]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 10394: /bin/sh
File descriptor 66 (/var/log/apt/history.log) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 10394: /bin/sh
  No volume groups found
P: Writing config for Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2...
P: Installing debian theme...cp: cannot stat `/usr/share/syslinux/themes/debian-squeeze/extlinux/memtest.bin': No such file or directory
run-parts: /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux exited with return code 1
Failed to process /etc/kernel/postrm.d at /var/lib/dpkg/tmp.ci/postrm line 328.
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
 subprocess new post-removal script returned error exit status 1
Preparing to replace linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic-pae 3.0.0-15.25 (using .../linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic-pae_3.0.0-15.26_i386.deb) ...
Done.
Unpacking replacement linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic-pae ...
Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d .
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/initramfs-tools 3.0.0-15-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux 3.0.0-15-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae
P: Checking for EXTLINUX directory... found.
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae.dpkg-tmp...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae...
P: Updating /boot/extlinux/linux.cfg...
File descriptor 60 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/postlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 10924: /bin/sh
File descriptor 62 (pipe:[66616]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 10924: /bin/sh
File descriptor 63 (socket:[65719]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 10924: /bin/sh
File descriptor 66 (/var/log/apt/history.log) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 10924: /bin/sh
  No volume groups found
P: Writing config for Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2...
P: Installing debian theme...cp: cannot stat `/usr/share/syslinux/themes/debian-squeeze/extlinux/memtest.bin': No such file or directory
run-parts: /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux exited with return code 1
Failed to process /etc/kernel/postrm.d at /var/lib/dpkg/info/linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic-pae.postrm line 328.
dpkg: warning: subprocess old post-removal script returned error exit status 1
dpkg - trying script from the new package instead ...
Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d .
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/initramfs-tools 3.0.0-15-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux 3.0.0-15-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae
P: Checking for EXTLINUX directory... found.
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae.dpkg-tmp...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae...
File descriptor 60 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/postlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 11436: /bin/sh
File descriptor 62 (pipe:[66616]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 11436: /bin/sh
File descriptor 63 (socket:[65719]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 11436: /bin/sh
File descriptor 66 (/var/log/apt/history.log) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 11436: /bin/sh
  No volume groups found
P: Writing config for Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2...
P: Installing debian theme...cp: cannot stat `/usr/share/syslinux/themes/debian-squeeze/extlinux/memtest.bin': No such file or directory
run-parts: /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux exited with return code 1
Failed to process /etc/kernel/postrm.d at /var/lib/dpkg/tmp.ci/postrm line 328.
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic-pae_3.0.0-15.26_i386.deb (--unpack):
 subprocess new post-removal script returned error exit status 1
No apport report written because MaxReports is reached already
                                                              Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d .
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/initramfs-tools 3.0.0-15-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux 3.0.0-15-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae
P: Checking for EXTLINUX directory... found.
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae...
P: Updating /boot/extlinux/linux.cfg...
File descriptor 60 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/postlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 11946: /bin/sh
File descriptor 62 (pipe:[66616]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 11946: /bin/sh
File descriptor 63 (socket:[65719]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 11946: /bin/sh
File descriptor 66 (/var/log/apt/history.log) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 11946: /bin/sh
  No volume groups found
P: Writing config for Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2...
P: Installing debian theme...cp: cannot stat `/usr/share/syslinux/themes/debian-squeeze/extlinux/memtest.bin': No such file or directory
run-parts: /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-extlinux exited with return code 1
Failed to process /etc/kernel/postrm.d at /var/lib/dpkg/tmp.ci/postrm line 328.
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
 subprocess new post-removal script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
 /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.0.0-14-generic-pae_3.0.0-14.23_i386.deb
 /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic-pae_3.0.0-15.26_i386.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
A package failed to install. Trying to recover:
Setting up linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic (3.0.0-15.26) ...
Running depmod.
update-initramfs: deferring update (hook will be called later)
Examining /etc/kernel/postinst.d.
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/dkms 3.0.0-15-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/initramfs-tools 3.0.0-15-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-15-generic
cryptsetup: WARNING: failed to detect canonical device of /host/ubuntu/disks/root.disk
cryptsetup: WARNING: could not determine root device from /etc/fstab
Warning: No support for locale: en_US.utf8
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/pm-utils 3.0.0-15-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/update-notifier 3.0.0-15-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/zz-extlinux 3.0.0-15-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic
P: Checking for EXTLINUX directory... found.
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae...
File descriptor 7 (/root/.synaptic/selections.proceed) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 21941: /bin/sh
File descriptor 8 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/record.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 21941: /bin/sh
File descriptor 9 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/spelling.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 21941: /bin/sh
File descriptor 10 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/synonym.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 21941: /bin/sh
File descriptor 11 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/termlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 21941: /bin/sh
File descriptor 14 (pipe:[65581]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 21941: /bin/sh
File descriptor 15 (pipe:[65581]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 21941: /bin/sh
File descriptor 16 (/dev/ptmx) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 21941: /bin/sh
File descriptor 60 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/postlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 21941: /bin/sh
File descriptor 62 (pipe:[66616]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 21941: /bin/sh
File descriptor 63 (socket:[65719]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 21941: /bin/sh
  No volume groups found
P: Writing config for Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2...
P: Installing debian theme...cp: cannot stat `/usr/share/syslinux/themes/debian-squeeze/extlinux/memtest.bin': No such file or directory
run-parts: /etc/kernel/postinst.d/zz-extlinux exited with return code 1
Failed to process /etc/kernel/postinst.d at /var/lib/dpkg/info/linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic.postinst line 1010.
dpkg: error processing linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2
Setting up linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic (3.0.0-16.28) ...
Running depmod.
update-initramfs: deferring update (hook will be called later)
Examining /etc/kernel/postinst.d.
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/dkms 3.0.0-16-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/initramfs-tools 3.0.0-16-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-16-generic
cryptsetup: WARNING: failed to detect canonical device of /host/ubuntu/disks/root.disk
cryptsetup: WARNING: could not determine root device from /etc/fstab
Warning: No support for locale: en_US.utf8
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/pm-utils 3.0.0-16-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/update-notifier 3.0.0-16-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/zz-extlinux 3.0.0-16-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic
P: Checking for EXTLINUX directory... found.
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae...
File descriptor 7 (/root/.synaptic/selections.proceed) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 31911: /bin/sh
File descriptor 8 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/record.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 31911: /bin/sh
File descriptor 9 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/spelling.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 31911: /bin/sh
File descriptor 10 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/synonym.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 31911: /bin/sh
File descriptor 11 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/termlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 31911: /bin/sh
File descriptor 14 (pipe:[65581]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 31911: /bin/sh
File descriptor 15 (pipe:[65581]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 31911: /bin/sh
File descriptor 16 (/dev/ptmx) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 31911: /bin/sh
File descriptor 60 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/postlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 31911: /bin/sh
File descriptor 62 (pipe:[66616]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 31911: /bin/sh
File descriptor 63 (socket:[65719]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 31911: /bin/sh
  No volume groups found
P: Writing config for Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2...
P: Installing debian theme...cp: cannot stat `/usr/share/syslinux/themes/debian-squeeze/extlinux/memtest.bin': No such file or directory
run-parts: /etc/kernel/postinst.d/zz-extlinux exited with return code 1
Failed to process /etc/kernel/postinst.d at /var/lib/dpkg/info/linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic.postinst line 1010.
dpkg: error processing linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-image-generic:
 linux-image-generic depends on linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic; however:
  Package linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic is not configured yet.
dpkg: error processing linux-image-generic (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Setting up linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic-pae (3.0.0-16.28) ...
Running depmod.
update-initramfs: deferring update (hook will be called later)
Examining /etc/kernel/postinst.d.
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/dkms 3.0.0-16-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/initramfs-tools 3.0.0-16-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-16-generic-pae
cryptsetup: WARNING: failed to detect canonical device of /host/ubuntu/disks/root.disk
cryptsetup: WARNING: could not determine root device from /etc/fstab
Warning: No support for locale: en_US.utf8
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/pm-utils 3.0.0-16-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/update-notifier 3.0.0-16-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/zz-extlinux 3.0.0-16-generic-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae
P: Checking for EXTLINUX directory... found.
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic-pae...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-15-generic...
P: Writing config for /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic-pae...
File descriptor 7 (/root/.synaptic/selections.proceed) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9828: /bin/sh
File descriptor 8 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/record.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9828: /bin/sh
File descriptor 9 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/spelling.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9828: /bin/sh
File descriptor 10 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/synonym.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9828: /bin/sh
File descriptor 11 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/termlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9828: /bin/sh
File descriptor 14 (pipe:[65581]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9828: /bin/sh
File descriptor 15 (pipe:[65581]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9828: /bin/sh
File descriptor 16 (/dev/ptmx) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9828: /bin/sh
File descriptor 60 (/var/cache/apt-xapian-index/index.1/postlist.DB) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9828: /bin/sh
File descriptor 62 (pipe:[66616]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9828: /bin/sh
File descriptor 63 (socket:[65719]) leaked on lvs invocation. Parent PID 9828: /bin/sh
  No volume groups found
P: Writing config for Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2...
P: Installing debian theme...cp: cannot stat `/usr/share/syslinux/themes/debian-squeeze/extlinux/memtest.bin': No such file or directory
run-parts: /etc/kernel/postinst.d/zz-extlinux exited with return code 1
Failed to process /etc/kernel/postinst.d at /var/lib/dpkg/info/linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic-pae.postinst line 1010.
dpkg: error processing linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic-pae (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-image-generic-pae:
 linux-image-generic-pae depends on linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic-pae; however:
  Package linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic-pae is not configured yet.
dpkg: error processing linux-image-generic-pae (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-image:
 linux-image depends on linux-image-generic (= 3.0.0.16.19); however:
  Package linux-image-generic is not configured yet.
dpkg: error processing linux-image (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-generic-pae:
 linux-generic-pae depends on linux-image-generic-pae (= 3.0.0.16.19); however:
  Package linux-image-generic-pae is not configured yet.
dpkg: error processing linux-generic-pae (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux:
 linux depends on linux-image (= 3.0.0.16.19); however:
  Package linux-image is not configured yet.
dpkg: error processing linux (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
 linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic
 linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic
 linux-image-generic
 linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic-pae
 linux-image-generic-pae
 linux-image
 linux-generic-pae
 linux

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: unity 4.28.0-0ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-15.25-generic-pae 3.0.13
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-15-generic-pae i686
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,compiztoolbox,decor,gnomecompat,move,vpswitch,mousepoll,regex,snap,commands,grid,place,imgpng,resize,wall,session,obs,unitymtgrabhandles,animation,expo,ezoom,workarounds,fade,scale,unityshell,dbus]
Date: Wed Feb 29 14:49:11 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
ProcEnviron:
 PATH=(custom, user)
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2012-01-07 (53 days ago)

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2012-03-04
Last reply:
2012-03-11
Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) said : #1

not a bug
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Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) said : #2

Hello
please run in a terminal
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Alfredo Hidalgo (amh-nyc) said : #3

Fabio thanks for the suggestion but unfortunately that did not work. I still cannot remove or add software using the terminal, synaptic or software center. Any other ideas.

Alfredo Hidalgo (amh-nyc) said : #4

I tired to remove virtualbox in the software center and received the error message below

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/aptdaemon/worker.py", line 968, in simulate
    trans.unauthenticated = self._simulate_helper(trans)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/aptdaemon/worker.py", line 1092, in _simulate_helper
    return depends, self._cache.required_download, \
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apt/cache.py", line 235, in required_download
    pm.get_archives(fetcher, self._list, self._records)
SystemError: E:I wasn't able to locate a file for the linux-image-3.0.0-15-generic-pae package. This might mean you need to manually fix this package.

I have the same problem (with postinst.d:1010). When I get to "sudo apt-get autoremove" as suggested it outputs:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Setting up linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic (3.0.0-16.29) ...
Running depmod.
update-initramfs: deferring update (hook will be called later)
Not updating initrd symbolic links since we are being updated/reinstalled
(3.0.0-16.28 was configured last, according to dpkg)
Not updating image symbolic links since we are being updated/reinstalled
(3.0.0-16.28 was configured last, according to dpkg)
Examining /etc/kernel/postinst.d.
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/dkms 3.0.0-16-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/initramfs-tools 3.0.0-16-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-16-generic
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-16-generic
ln: creating symbolic link `/tmp/mkinitramfs_I6JMNq/lib/plymouth/themes/text.plymouth': File exists
ln: creating symbolic link `/tmp/mkinitramfs_I6JMNq/lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth': File exists
ln: creating symbolic link `/tmp/mkinitramfs_I6JMNq/sbin/mount.ntfs-3g': File exists
E: /usr/share/initramfs-tools/hooks/ntfs_3g failed with return 1.
update-initramfs: failed for /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-16-generic with 1.
run-parts: /etc/kernel/postinst.d/initramfs-tools exited with return code 1
Failed to process /etc/kernel/postinst.d at /var/lib/dpkg/info/linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic.postinst line 1010.
dpkg: error processing linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:
 linux-image-3.0.0-16-generic
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

I had had issues with a /usr restore that had not correctly restored setuid flags (for su and sudo). Perhaps that's related.

"ls /usr/share/initramfs-tools/hooks" showed lots of backup files:

brltty framebuffer
brltty.backup.20120228 framebuffer.backup.20120228
btrfs fuse_utils
busybox fuse_utils.backup.20120228
busybox.backup.20120228 kbd
casper kbd.backup.20120228
compcache klibc
compcache.backup.20120228 klibc.backup.20120228
console_setup lupin_casper
console_setup.backup.20120228 mountall
cryptgnupg mountall.backup.20120228
cryptopenct ntfs_3g
cryptopensc ntfs_3g.backup.20120228
cryptpassdev plymouth
cryptroot plymouth.backup.20120228
dmraid thermal
dmsetup thermal.backup.20120228
dmsetup.backup.20120228 udev
fixrtc udev.backup.20120228
fixrtc.backup.20120228

moving these out and re-running fixed my issue. This seems to be caused by my /usr restore using Back In Time, but would indicate that having extraneous duplicate files will break things.

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