Software Installer: E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem

Asked by Roland on 2018-11-29

I've seen quite a few messages about

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem

But my situation seems to be different from this:

Testing on a Core 2 Vpro. There is no EUID or any such thing, at least according to here:

[QUOTE]no its an older 775 setup no uefi motherboard bios[/QUOTE]

I build a multi-platform .deb. 64-bit. On Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 it installs both from the GUI and from the command line.

On 18.04 the GUI does nothing. Little line blits across the screen. A tail of syslog shows the following:

[CODE]Nov 29 14:59:14 developer-U18-04-64-bit-Tst-HP-Compaq-dc7900-Small-Form-Factor gnome-shell[1873]: message repeated 16 times: [ JS ERROR: TypeError: this._currentWindow is null#012_setCurrentRect@resource:///org/gnome/shell/ui/keyboard.js:536:13#012wrapper@resource:///org/gnome/gjs/modules/_legacy.js:82:22#012_init/<@resource:///org/gnome/shell/ui/keyboard.js:503:13]
Nov 29 14:59:24 developer-U18-04-64-bit-Tst-HP-Compaq-dc7900-Small-Form-Factor PackageKit: install-files transaction /179_ddbebdcb from uid 1000 finished with failed after 10089ms
Nov 29 14:59:24 developer-U18-04-64-bit-Tst-HP-Compaq-dc7900-Small-Form-Factor dbus-daemon[1732]: [session uid=1000 pid=1732] Activating via systemd: service name='org.gtk.vfs.Metadata' unit='gvfs-metadata.service' requested by ':1.74' (uid=1000 pid=2175 comm="/usr/bin/gnome-software --gapplication-service " label="unconfined")
Nov 29 14:59:24 developer-U18-04-64-bit-Tst-HP-Compaq-dc7900-Small-Form-Factor systemd[1709]: Starting Virtual filesystem metadata service...
Nov 29 14:59:24 developer-U18-04-64-bit-Tst-HP-Compaq-dc7900-Small-Form-Factor dbus-daemon[1732]: [session uid=1000 pid=1732] Successfully activated service 'org.gtk.vfs.Metadata'
Nov 29 14:59:24 developer-U18-04-64-bit-Tst-HP-Compaq-dc7900-Small-Form-Factor systemd[1709]: Started Virtual filesystem metadata service.
Nov 29 14:59:24 developer-U18-04-64-bit-Tst-HP-Compaq-dc7900-Small-Form-Factor gnome-software[2175]: failed to add event from action install
Nov 29 14:59:24 developer-U18-04-64-bit-Tst-HP-Compaq-dc7900-Small-Form-Factor gnome-software[2175]: failed to call gs_plugin_app_install on packagekit: E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
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This error message is bogus. In the same terminal window, with the GUI installer still open I can run

[CODE]sudo dpkg -i my.deb[/CODE]

and it installs without issue. This seems to be a problem completely within the GUI installation tool.

ETAs on when it will be fixed?

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