dpkg segfault reading database

Asked by Dave Allmon on 2010-08-26

I can't install or remove any packages through Synaptic, Ubuntu Software Center, or apt-get. I get this error:

(Reading database ... 65%E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg received a segmentation fault.

The requested log data:

dallmon@poopster:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=10.04
DISTRIB_CODENAME=lucid
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS"
dallmon@poopster:~$ uname -a
Linux poopster 2.6.32-24-generic #41-Ubuntu SMP Thu Aug 19 01:38:40 UTC 2010 x86_64 GNU/Linux
dallmon@poopster:~$ sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/lock
[sudo] password for dallmon:
dallmon@poopster:~$ sudo cp -arf /var/lib/dpkg /var/lib/dpkg.backup
dallmon@poopster:~$ sudo cp /var/lib/dpkg/status-old /var/lib/dpkg/status
[sudo] password for dallmon:
dallmon@poopster:~$ sudo cp /var/lib/dpkg/available-old /var/lib/dpkg/available
dallmon@poopster:~$ sudo rm -rf /var/lib/dpkg/updates/*
dallmon@poopster:~$ sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists
dallmon@poopster:~$ sudo mkdir /var/lib/apt/lists
dallmon@poopster:~$ sudo mkdir /var/lib/apt/lists/partial
dallmon@poopster:~$ sudo rm /var/cache/apt/*.bin
dallmon@poopster:~$ LANG=C;sudo apt-get clean
dallmon@poopster:~$ LANG=C;sudo apt-get autoclean
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
dallmon@poopster:~$ LANG=C;sudo apt-get --purge autoremove
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  libboost-date-time1.40.0* libboost-thread1.40.0*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
After this operation, 356kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
(Reading database ... 95%E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg received a segmentation fault.
dallmon@poopster:~$ LANG=C;sudo apt-get update -o APT::Cache-Limit=25165824
Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid Release.gpg [189B]
Get:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates Release.gpg [189B]
Get:3 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security Release.gpg [189B]
Get:4 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid Release [57.2kB]
Get:5 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates Release [44.7kB]
Get:6 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security Release [38.5kB]
Get:7 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/main Packages [1383kB]
Get:8 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/restricted Packages [6193B]
Get:9 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/main Sources [659kB]
Get:10 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/restricted Sources [3775B]
Get:11 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/universe Packages [5430kB]
Get:12 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/universe Sources [3165kB]
Get:13 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/multiverse Packages [176kB]
Get:14 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/multiverse Sources [119kB]
Get:15 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/main Packages [284kB]
Get:16 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/restricted Packages [3270B]
Get:17 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/main Sources [103kB]
Get:18 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/restricted Sources [1292B]
Get:19 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/universe Packages [105kB]
Get:20 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/universe Sources [34.9kB]
Get:21 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/multiverse Packages [3652B]
Get:22 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/multiverse Sources [1508B]
Get:23 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/main Packages [61.5kB]
Get:24 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/restricted Packages [14B]
Get:25 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/main Sources [20.4kB]
Get:26 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/restricted Sources [14B]
Get:27 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/universe Packages [33.7kB]
Get:28 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/universe Sources [7041B]
Get:29 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/multiverse Packages [1876B]
Get:30 http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/multiverse Sources [573B]
Fetched 11.7MB in 7s (1469kB/s)
E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
dallmon@poopster:~$ sudo dpkg --clear-avail
dallmon@poopster:~$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
dallmon@poopster:~$ LANG=C;sudo apt-get -f install
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  libboost-date-time1.40.0 libboost-thread1.40.0
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 9 not upgraded.
dallmon@poopster:~$ LANG=C;sudo apt-get update -o APT::Cache-Limit=25165824 && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid Release.gpg
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates Release.gpg
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security Release.gpg
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid Release
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates Release
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security Release
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/main Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/restricted Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/main Sources
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/restricted Sources
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/universe Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/universe Sources
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/multiverse Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid/multiverse Sources
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/main Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/restricted Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/main Sources
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/restricted Sources
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/universe Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/universe Sources
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/multiverse Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/multiverse Sources
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/main Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/restricted Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/main Sources
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/restricted Sources
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/universe Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/universe Sources
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/multiverse Packages
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid-security/multiverse Sources
Reading package lists... Done
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
The following packages will be upgraded:
  ghostscript ghostscript-cups ghostscript-x ifupdown libdjvulibre-text libdjvulibre21 libgs8 libkpathsea5 ubufox
9 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 4405kB of archives.
After this operation, 4096B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main ifupdown 0.6.8ubuntu29.1 [62.5kB]
Get:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main ghostscript 8.71.dfsg.1-0ubuntu5.3 [786kB]
Get:3 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main libgs8 8.71.dfsg.1-0ubuntu5.3 [2490kB]
Get:4 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main ghostscript-cups 8.71.dfsg.1-0ubuntu5.3 [51.9kB]
Get:5 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main ghostscript-x 8.71.dfsg.1-0ubuntu5.3 [70.9kB]
Get:6 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main libdjvulibre-text 3.5.22-1ubuntu4.1 [74.6kB]
Get:7 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main libdjvulibre21 3.5.22-1ubuntu4.1 [675kB]
Get:8 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main libkpathsea5 2009-5ubuntu0.2 [133kB]
Get:9 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/main ubufox 0.9~rc2-0ubuntu2.1 [61.2kB]
Fetched 4405kB in 12s (361kB/s)
Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 65%E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg received a segmentation fault.
dallmon@poopster:~$

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#1

Reboot and choose an older kernel (if you have oe). Does it boot?
Also in the kernel selection screen select memtest and test your RAM

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Dave Allmon (dave-allmon) said :
#2

This is odd. I just realized I don't have a boot menu. It just boots into the latest kernel. Anyway, I don't have any problems booting, or running any programs. Everything is perfect - except that I can't install or remove any programs. Always the segfault reading the database.

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Dave Allmon (dave-allmon) said :
#3

Ok. I ran grub-update and got the boot menu. I tested memory, and indeed I have one trashed bank of memory. I pulled it and repeated the memory tests and all is well with the remaining memory. The database is still hosed, though. I get the same error when I try to install or remove anything.

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Dave Allmon (dave-allmon) said :
#4

I found the solution. I reinstalled the OS. Kind of takes me back to the Windows days. Anyway, thanks actionparsnip. Your help is appreciated.